SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Two-time defending champ Milos Raonic advanced to the quarterfinals with a win over Michael Russell Thursday at the SAP Open.
The top-seeded Canadian needed only 63 minutes to take down his opponent 6-2, 7-5 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., moving on to face No. 6 Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan.
Istomin advanced with a 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2 win over German Benjamin Becker in a second-round match Thursday.
Eighth-seeded Xavier Malisse of Belgium rallied to defeat Matthew Ebden of Australia 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (7-1).