Novak Djokovic will play Kei Nishikori in Miami Open final
Novak Djokovic will play Kei Nishikori in Sunday's Miami Open final after both went through in straight sets.
Serbia's Djokovic, the five-time champion and world number one, beat Belgian David Goffin 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 on a hot afternoon.
Japanese sixth seed Nishikori beat Australian Nick Kyrgios 6-3 7-5 in the evening session.
"It's going to be tough," said Nishikori, who has won two of eight matches against Djokovic.
"We just played in Australia and I lost in straight sets, so I need to do something better."
Djokovic, 28, will try to match Andre Agassi's record haul of six Miami titles, and become the first man to win the Indian Wells-Miami double three years in a row.
Djokovic wins gruelling battle with Goffin
Djokovic bent down and kissed the court after finally seeing off 15th seed Goffin in a gruelling two hours and five minutes.
"It was evident that we both struggled with conditions," said the Serb.
"Physically, it was a great battle. I think we were both trying to catch some breath after some points. It was windy, it was warm, it was humid."
The top seed came back from a break down in the first set, before Goffin missed a golden opportunity with the open court gaping at 4-4 in the tie-break.
"I was on the back foot in that point, he was dictating," said Djokovic. "He came to the net and I anticipated where he might smash the ball, he framed it a little bit.
"I had to defend well, which I think I did at the end of the tie-break."
Nishikori too sharp for Kyrgios
Kyrgios had shown off his firepower in beating Milos Raonic on Friday, but he could not handle Nishikori's pinpoint accuracy from the baseline.
The Australian dropped serve with a double fault in game three, and did the same on set point six games later.
Nishikori looked to be faltering when he failed to hold for 3-0 in the second set, but the Japanese player avoided the need for a tie-break with a lunging volley on his second match point.
"It was tough. When he plays me he plays so aggressive, doesn't let me dictate points," said Kyrgios.
"I felt rushed out there, I was really looking for answers. I've been struggling on my serve all week, so to come this far without having my best weapon is a pretty good effort."
Nishikori, 26, is through to his first Miami final and second at the Masters 1000 level.