Tokyo, Japan (SportsNetwork.com) - Canadian Milos Raonic and defending champ
Kei Nishikori were among Thursday's second-round winners at the Japan Open
The third-seeded Raonic advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-3 win over
France's Jeremy Chardy. Raonic, who has won all four of his previous
quarterfinal matches this year, will next face Slovak Lukas Lacko after the
lucky loser beat French qualifier Edouard Roger-Vasselin, 7-5, 6-4.
Meanwhile, the fourth-seeded Nishikori was tested in an opening-set
tiebreaker, but ultimately prevailed by a 7-6 (7-4), 6-0 score against
Next up for the Japanese crowd favorite will be another Spaniard in Nicolas
Almagro. The sixth seed was a 6-4, 6-2 winner over Argentine Horacio Zeballos.
Nishikori beat Raonic in three sets to capture the title last year.
The Sports Network