"I'm feeling really good on court and other times, so this is the best thing that I can have this week," Fognini said.
Ageless wonder Venus Williams wasn't the only player to pull off a victory over a higher-ranked opponent at the Miami Open on Wednesday.
March 30 (Gracenote) - Results from the Miami Men's Singles Quarterfinal matches on Wednesday 5-Rafa Nadal (Spain) beat 13-Jack Sock (U.S.) 6-2 6-3 Fabio Fognini (Italy) beat 2-Kei Nishikori (Japan) 6-4 6-2
Halep talks herself into defeat against Konta (Updates after second semi-final)
"I was so close to winning, I was two points away in the tiebreak, but she played very strong and deserved to win today," Halep said. "But my confidence is there, the game is there -- I just need to play matches."
Venus Williams is a step closer to her first Key Biscayne title since 2001.
March 30 (Gracenote) - Results from the Miami Women's Singles Quarterfinal matches on Wednesday 11-Venus Williams (U.S.) beat 1-Angelique Kerber (Germany) 7-5 6-3 10-Johanna Konta (Britain) beat 3-Simona Halep (Romania) 3-6 7-6(7) 6...
March 29 (Reuters) - An out-of-sorts Kei Nishikori was sent packing from the Miami Open on Wednesday, beaten 6-4 6-2 by unseeded Italian Fabio Fognini.
Fabio Fognini is the first unseeded player in 10 years to reach the men's semifinals at the Miami Open.
March 29 (Reuters) - Britain's Johanna Konta recovered from the brink of defeat at the Miami Open on Wednesday to beat third seed Simona Halep in the quarter-final.
Virginia men's tennis coach Brian Boland is leaving to take a player development role with the United States Tennis Association
Gael Monfils has withdrawn from France's Davis Cup quarterfinal against Britain next month because of injuries to his left knee and Achilles tendon
MIKE DICKSON IN MIAMI: Jo Konta's punishing work regime came good on Wednesday night when she became the first British woman to make the semi-finals of the Miami Open on a baking afternoon.
Maria Sharapova attended the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival last year, trying her hand at a normal existence after being suspended from playing tennis, a game she had played professionally since she was 15.
The former world No 1 was initially banned for two years after failing a doping test before having it reduced to 15 months on appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Former world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki progressed to the semi-finals of the Miami Open with a straight sets win over Lucie Safarova.
Second seed Nishikori win (Updates with last quarter-final)
March 29 (Gracenote) - Results from the Miami Men's Singles Round 4 matches on Tuesday 12-Nick Kyrgios (Australia) beat 8-David Goffin (Belgium) 7-6(5) 6-3 5-Rafa Nadal (Spain) beat Nicolas Mahut (France) 6-4 7-6(4) 10-Tomas BerdychShow More Summary