Kei Nishikori overcame a slow start to eventually beat Mikhail Kukushkin and move into the quarter-finals of the Brisbane International on Wednesday.
Despite losing his first service game of the match and consequently going 0-2 down in the first set, the Japanese player soon recovered to get on top of Kukushkin and scramble to a 6-3, 6-4 win. Whilst the victory was comfortable in the end, Nishikori was far from his best throughout the match.
"I thought it was a great match, I didn't start quite well, I think he [Kukushkin] really started well," said Nishikori who is the only male Japanese tennis player ever to be ranked inside the ATP's top 10.
The 22-year-old Austrian Dominic Thiem coasted into the quarter-finals with an efficient 6-3, 6-2 win over Denis Kudla.
Third seed Marin Cilic made it three consecutive victories against South Korea's Hyeon Chung when he triumphed 7-5, 7-6 in one hour and 46 minutes.
Australia's Bernard Tomic triumphed 7-6, 4-6, 7-6 over Radek Stepanek in front of his home crowd to cement his spot in the quarter-finals, where he will play Nishikori in what promises to be a classic.