Fourth seed Kei Nishikori became the first player to book his spot in the quarter-finals of the Indian Wells Masters on Wednesday with a straight sets victory over Donald Young.
The Japanese star prevailed 6-2, 6-4 to reach the last eight of ATP event for the second year running.
Nishikori looked solid on serve as he claimed breaks in the first and seven games to race into a one-set lead.
Young offered up more resistance in the second, breaking early for a 3-0 lead, but Nishikori hit back superbly, winning five games on the spin to wrap up the victory in one hour and 18 minutes.
'QF' is for Quarterfinal
'N' is for Nishikori
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Next up for Nishikori is a meeting with either Malek Jaziri or Jack Sock.
Also advancing early on the day was Spaniard Pablo Carreno-Busta, who battled past Juan Martin del Potro 6-4, 7-6 (7-5).
There is plenty more action to come at Indian Wells on Wednesday, with Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka all in action later on.