Kei Nishikori
Mar 29, 2016; Key Biscayne, FL, USA; Kei Nishikori gestures after winning a point against Roberto Bautista Agut (not pictured) during day nine of the Miami Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center. Nishikori won 6-2, 6-4. Reuters/Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Japan’s Kei Nishikori and France’s Gael Monfils will battle it out for a final four spot when the two meet in the quarterfinal round of the Miami Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center.

Sixth-seeded Nishikori reached the Miami Open quarterfinal round for the third successive year after a masterful win over Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2 6-4 in a match that lasted one hour and 24 minutes. The world No. 6 continued his dominance over Agut, whom Nishikori swept in their past three meetings, all on clay surface.

Against Monfils, Nishikori is hoping to stay as aggressive to earn a final four berth in Key Biscayne, Florida.

“[Monfils] doesn’t make too many mistakes but he also doesn’t attack much either,” Nishikori said, reports The Japan Times. “I need to be aggressive and take the match to him in order to win. I need to be really prepared.”

Nishikori leads one win over Monfils in their FedEx ATP Head2Head matchup, having won against the world No. 16 at Halle in Germany back in 2014. But Monfils, who advanced to the QF stage of the tournament for the first time in his 12-year career, could pose a threat in Nishikori’s Miami Open campaign, with the Frenchman coming off a momentous victory over Grigor Dimitrov 6-7(5) 6-3 6-3.

"Kei is a very good player,” Monfils said, reports the ATP’s official website. “He has been very consistent.”

The winner between Nishikori and Monfils could meet Australia’s Nick Kyrgios or Canadian Milos Raonic in the final four stage of the tournament. Kyrgios defeated Andrey Kuznetsov 7-6(3) 6-3, while Raonic breezed past Bosnian Damir Dzumhur for a 6-0 6-3 victory.

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