Melbourne: Japanese star Kei Nishikori stormed into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open with a convincing win over former finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga yesterday.
Japan's Kei Nishikori celebrates his win yesterday. Pic/AFP
Seventh seed Nishikori won 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 in just over two hours on Hisense Arena and will face either World No 1 Novak Djokovic in the last eight.
It is Nishikori's third Australian Open quarter-final and fifth overall in Grand Slams, one less than the Japanese record of six held by Jiro Satoh, who died in 1934.
Berdych in quarters
Meanwhile, World No 6 Tomas Berdych outlasted Roberto Bautista Agut in five tough sets to set up a quarter-final against either Roger Federer.
The Czech Republic's Berdych finally put away the Spaniard 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 in three hours, 18 minutes to reach the last eight at Melbourne Park for a sixth straight year.