Kei Nishikori of Japan makes a forehand return to David Ferrer of Spain during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Lee Jin-man
January 26, 2015

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) U.S. Open finalist Kei Nishikori advanced to the Australian Open quarterfinals on Monday with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 win over No. 9-seeded David Ferrer of Spain.

Hundreds of Japanese fans, many waving flags and some in traditional costumes, cheered Nishikori on from the stands at Rod Laver Arena.

The fifth-seeded Nishikori, a quarterfinalist here in 2012, will play defending champion Stan Wawrinka in the quarterfinals.

Nishikori held a 6-3 edge in career meetings against Ferrer coming into the match, but it was 1-1 at Grand Slam tournaments.

As an 18-year-old Nishikori beat Ferrer in the third round of the 2008 U.S. Open - his second career major. Ferrer beat Nishikori at the Australian Open two years ago in the fourth round.

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