Nishikori eases into Rome quarters

Andy Murray shows battling spirit to win first round match at European Open

The fifth seed from Japan beat the Serb 6-4 6-3 on the clay-courts of Rome in what was a relatively routine victory for the US Open runner-up.

Nishikori broke serve in the eighth game of the first set and even though he lost serve himself in the next game, a love break in game 10 handed the world number six the opener.

In the second set, Nishikori was quickly a break to the good and raced to a 3-0 lead.

To his credit, world number 34 Troicki battled back to level matters at 3-3, but proceeded to lose the next three games and with that, the match.