Sports briefs: Kei Nishikori overcomes big deficit to beat Roger Federer in Sony Open
Published: March 26, 2014 10:14PM
Updated: March 27, 2014 05:14PM

TENNIS • Roger Federer squandered a big lead and lost to No. 20-seeded Kei Nishikori 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 Wednesday night in the quarterfinals of the Sony Open in Key Biscayne, Fla. Federer was up a service break twice in the second set but couldn’t close out the victory. He lost serve five times and committed 39 unforced errors. Nishikori’s opponent Friday will be three-time champion Novak Djokovic, who benefited from an erroneous call in the pivotal game to beat Andy Murray 7-5, 6-3. Li Na became the first Chinese woman to reach the Key Biscayne semis when she beat Caroline Wozniacki 7-5, 7-5. Li’s opponent Thursday night will be Dominika Cibulkova, who erased three match points in the second set to beat Agnieszka Radwanska 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3. Six-time champion Serena Williams will play five-time runner-up Maria Sharapova in the other women’s semifinal. Williams has beaten Sharapova 14 consecutive times.

Ontario honors late skiing pioneer Burke

Freestyle skiing • The Ontario government is honoring the late Sarah Burke by dedicating a highway to the freestyle skiing pioneer. Highway 93 will be known as the Sarah Burke Memorial Highway. It runs for 15 miles through Simcoe County, the region where Burke was born and raised. The 29-year-old native of Barrie, Ontario, died in a January 2012 training accident at Park City Mountain Resort.

The Associated Press