ATP Tour

Murray sails into quarters

2015-03-18 23:29
Andy Murray (AFP)

Indian Wells - World number four Andy Murray has sailed into the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday while fifth-ranked Kei Nishikori crashed out of his last-16 test at Indian Wells.

The Scotsman posted a routine 6-3 6-3 win over Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, but Japan's Nishikori failed to keep their expected clash in the last eight by losing 6-4 7-6 (2) to 12th-seeded Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez.

Nishikori, last year's U.S. Open runner-up, failed to cash in on six of his seven break points as he fell to the hard-serving Lopez, who registered 12 aces.

Murray kept the pressure on Mannarino throughout the 90-minutes match, reaching break point 11 times and breaking serve four times for a comfortable victory.

Results at the ATP and WTA BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament on Wednesday (x denotes seeding):

Fourth round
Andy Murray (GBR x4) bt Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 6-3, 6-3
Feliciano Lopez (ESP x12) bt Kei Nishikori (JPN x5) 6-4, 7-6 (7/2)

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