Rafael Nadal was so eager to reach the Miami Open final that he ran out of his shoe.
In the final, Nadal will take on the victor of Roger Federer and Nick Kyrgios, who will square off Friday night in the other semifinal. Nadal's opponent Sunday will be the victor of Friday night's match between Roger Federer and Nick Kyrgios. EPA/ERIK S. LESSERRafael Nadal of Spain loses his right tennis shoe in action against Fabio Fognini of Italy during a semifinal round match at the Miami Open tennis tournament on Key Biscayne, Miami, Florida, USA, 31 March 2017. He's playing in the tournament for the 13th time, making it his longest title drought at any event.
The fifth-seeded Spaniard, with a display of powerful serving and opportunistic returns, did not face a break point against Fognini and put his opponent's serve under pressure throughout the 90-minute match.
On Saturday, British number one Johanna Konta plays Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki in the women's final at 18:00 BST - with live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.
Nadal improved to 8-3 over Fognini, who missed the chance to become the fist Italian into a Masters 1000 final since 1990.
Said Nadal: "Fabio is a player who is able to combine great points with mistakes".
"It's not the first time that I play matches with Rafa", he added. In the second, it was not about losing concentration, it's about not being lucky at the beginning of the second set. Last year I had really bad injury at the beginning of the year.
The second set was up for grabs until Fognini double-faulted to fall behind 6-5.