Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after his match against Jack Sock of the United States on day nine of the 2017 Miami Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
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Rafael Nadal took a step closer to a possible final against long-time rival Roger Federer in the Miami Open after a straight sets win over American Jack Sock on Wednesday at Key Biscayne.Nadal's 6-2, 6-3 win over the 13th-seeded Sock sets up a semi-final meeting with unseeded Italian Fabio Fognini who upset second ranked Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-2 earlier in the day.The Spaniard's forehand was ominous as he neutralised Sock in one hour and 22 minutes.Nadal was able to save six of seven break points earned by Sock as he kept control of the contest.He broke Sock in the American's first service game and swiftly established a 3-0 advantage and a second break at 5-2 wrapped up the opening set.
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