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Federer sets up Nadal final after epic tussle

RAFAEL NADAL DEFEATS FABIO FOGNINI TO REACH THE MIAMI OPEN TENNIS FINAL, 10SBALLS SHARES PHOTOS FROM THE MATCH

Johanna Konta believes a combination of life experience both on and off the court helped her become the first British woman to win the Miami Open.

From explosive tennis to a fiery crowd to racket smashes, this was a match that had it all.

The Dane, a former world number one, had no answer for Konta who cruised to a 6-4 6-3 success.

Federer and Kyrgios, 21, were on Friday played an intense match that was decided in three tiebreakers, 7-6, 6-7, 7-6, while Nadal registered a confidence-boosting 6-1, 7-5 victory over Fognini to march into his fifth Miami final, reports Efe. "I think he's good for the game".

Nadal, 30, beat Italy's Fabio Fognini 6-1 7-5 in the first semi-final. "For me to be able to focus for, I don't know how long we played, maybe four hours, smashing forehand after forehand down the line, I felt like I had to learn how to fight in matches, and there I showed it to myself and my team that I could do it", he said.

"I would love it", Federer said.

And after adding the Miami title to her Bank of the West Classic and Sydney International triumphs, Konta was over the moon.

The 35-year-old Federer is 18-1 this year, including 6-0 against top 10 opponents. On the other hand, Federer survived a marathon battle against mercurial Australian youngster Nick Kyrgios, who tested the Swiss by forcing tie-breakers in all three sets.

We're into April 2017, and we already have our third Federer-Nadal match, all coming in either a Grand Slam or Masters tournament. "Hopefully it's not our last match". I thought the crowd would've enjoyed watching it, people at home would've enjoyed watching it.

This final is more important for Nadal, who has remained healthy early in the season, which might be the most important thing.

Federer will take on Nadal for the 37th time on Sunday, and the second final this year after beating the Spaniard at January's Australian Open. [But] I feel like there is a mountain to climb in Rafa. I can take a lot out of this first part of year in general.

"Having two or three set points in that first set and ending up losing it is kind of depressing, but I got a good start to the second set and that got me fired up and I just kept playing".

Asked how high she could go in the rankings, and whether a grand slam victory was in her sights, she said: "I think the belief has been there since I was a little girl".