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Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic both moved into the quarter-finals in Miami on Tuesday.

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Nadal was given a tough workout by Kei Nishikori before reaching the last eight of the Sony Ericsson Open, while Djokovic was also tested before seeing off a determined Richard Gasquet. World number two Nadal eventually secured a 6-4 6-4 win, although he lost his serve in both sets. Nadal was forced to call upon his renowned battling qualities before moving into the last eight of a tournament he has never won, despite three final appearances. The Spaniard took more than an hour to win a closely-contested opening set, one in which he took a medical time-out for treatment on his left knee. However, when he resumed, Nadal claimed the set when Nishikori hit a wild forehand out. Nadal soon got in front in the second set and he served for the match at 5-3 only to lose his delivery. However, he simply broke his Japanese foe in the very next game to complete victory and set up a quarter-final tie with either Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Florian Mayer. “At the end of the first set, I felt that I started to win my serves easier than him,” Nadal said after the match. “I had more the control of the game.” Speaking about his injury, Nadal admitted: “I am not probably in perfect condition today with the left knee. “But the important thing is to try to win as many matches as possible. For me this is an important tournament, and every victory has very, very big value for me, especially without being perfect.”

Djokovic later joined him in the quarter-finals by fending off the dangerous Gasquet, winning 7-5 6-3. The Frenchman had break point to leave himself serving for the first set but missed his opportunity and Djokovic reeled off the last three games to clinch it. A solitary break of Gasquet’s serve proved enough for the defending champion in the second set. He’ll now meet David Ferrer, who disposed of Juan Martin Del Potro 6-3 6-3.

Andy Roddick crashed down to earth following his victory over Roger Federer as he lost 7-5 6-0 to 21st seed Juan Monaco. Meanwhile Jo-Wilfried Tsonga saw off Florian Mayer 6-3 6-2. Janko Tipsarevic beat Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (7/3) 6-2 and the Serbian will meet Andy Murray next. American number one Mardy Fish saw off Nicolas Almagro in a tight tussle that went to three sets. Fish, seeded eighth, hit 16 aces and lost just two points behind his first serve as he eventually prevailed 6-3 6-7(2/7) 6-3.

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