Andy Murray marches on, while Stanislas Wawrinka wins a three-setter to set up a Japanese Open quarterfinal against the US Open title holder.
On-form Scotsman put on another good display to see off Slovak Lukas Lacko in less than an hour of second round tennis in Tokyo. It was an efficient performance as well with the Olympic champion converting all of his four available break points. No real response from 65th-ranked Lacko in the opener as Murray went 5-0 up. The latter fought off Slovak’s single break point opportunity at 5-1 to take the set in twenty-six minutes. Lacko could enjoy a 1-0 lead in the second set, yet his 2012 Tokyo story was practically over when the favorite obtained a two break cushion by 5-2. One service game and two match balls later top seed Murray entered the last eight with a 6-1, 6-2 success.
Seventh-seeded Swiss Wawrinka had a much harder job against Jeremy Chardy. 31st-ranked Frenchman was serving for the set at 5-3 in the opener, but the set would be decided by a tie-break. Wawrinka took a full control of it and swept his rival away with 7-1. No service games were in danger in the second set and another breaker followed. The 2008 Olympic doubles winner Swiss had one foot in the quarterfinals at 6-3, but squandered his match balls and allowed Chardy to make it one set a piece between the players. The decider was as close as the previous two sets with the result still tied at 5-5. Wawrinka then stole a late break and confirmed it for a 7-6 (1), 6-7 (6), 6-1 victory. He could surely need more rest before clashing with Murray who is leading their head-to-head series with 7-3