NISHIKORI MOVES ON
KEI NISHIKORI dominated Paolo Lorenzi 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 to reach the Swiss Indoors quarterfinals yesterday, with Asia’s top player feeling his way back after a series of recent fitness problems. The Japanese third seed, who played the 2011 final at the St Jakobshalle against Roger Federer, needed more than an hour to stamp his authority on his 38thranked Italian opponent in the first set before sprinting to the win in 98 minutes. “Today I played better than in the first round,” the winner said. “There were so many break chances in the first set, but I was not able to convert. It could have been 4-0, 5-0. In the second I started playing better, I got more aggressive. I’m happy with my tennis today.” Juan Martin del Potro continued his run of form after winning Stockholm, with the champion in Sweden starting his Swiss week with a 6-3, 6-4 defeat of injured Robin Haase. He next plays David Goffin who is in the chase for a spot at the ATP World Tour Finals. Argentine Guido Pella advanced as French seventh seed Richard Gasquet retired injured trailing 6-2, 2-1.