Djokovic and Murray march on in China and Japan

Updated: October 5, 2012

Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray both advanced to the semi finals in Beijing and Tokyo respectively.

It was an easy ride for the former champion Djokovic as he met very little resistance from Meltzer winning 6-1,6-2. He faces Florian Meyer in the semis after the German ended the run of Zhang 6-3,6-4.

Tsonga will take on Spain’s Feliciano Lopez as both advanced courtesy of wins over Youzhny and Querrey.

In the ladies draw, French Open champion Sharapova, yet to drop a set in China, won the first set 6-0, and was 3-0 up in the second when Germany’s Angelique Kerber quit the match citing an injury to her right foot, while Azarenka, from Belarus, maintained her scintillating form, dismissing Romina Oprandi 6-2, 6-0.

Li Na also advanced following a straight sets win over Radwanska, 6-4, 6-2.

In Japan, defending champion Andy Murray beat fellow racquet-trasher Stanislas Wawrinka 6-2 3-6 6-2 to reach the semifinals of the Japan Open.

Murray faces sixth seed Milos Raonic on Saturday after the big-serving Canadian squeaked by third seed Janko Tipsarevic 6-7 6-2 7-6 in an epic struggle.

Second seed Tomas Berdych crashed out in the day’s late quarterfinal, beaten 7-5 6-4 by local favourite Kei Nishikori.

Former Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus beat Russia’s Dmitry Tursunov 6-2 6-4 also to advance to the semi finals.