Andy Murray beat Lukas Lacko 6-1 6-2 in the second round of the Japan Open
Defending champion Andy Murray progressed to the third round of the Japan Open with a 6-1 6-2 success over Lukas Lacko.
Last Updated: 03/10/12 3:56pm
The British No 1, top seed for the tournament in Tokyo, built on his opening straight-sets win over Ivo Karlovic on Tuesday with another convincing performance.
He broke to love in each of Lacko's first two service games to race into a 5-0 lead in less than 20 minutes at Ariake Colosseum.
The Slovakian staved off a love set at the last opportunity and made Murray work hard to serve out the set, but the Scot came through 6-1 in 25 minutes.
Another break in the third game of the second set put him further in control and one more was to follow, Murray taking all four of his break points as he wrapped up a 6-1 6-2 win.
"Once I got the break in the second set, I started to play better," Murray said afterwards. "I have a couple of days until the next match, so hopefully I can stay in a good rhythm."
With the easy victory, Murray set up a quarter-final meeting against Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland.
Wawrinka squandered three match points in the second set leading 6-3 in the tie-breaker before beating Jeremy Chardy of France 7-6 (7-1) 6-7 (6-8) 7-5 in two hours 37 minutes.
Murray is not under-estimating the threat posed by his next opponent.
"I have had a lot of tough matches with him over the years," said the Scottish ace. "He is a good player, especially on the hard court."
Meanwhile, in first round action, third seed Janko Tipsarevic survived a scare to beat Gilles Simon.
The Serbian was broken twice in the opening set by the unseeded Simon but bounced back to put away the Frenchman 4-6 6-3 6-1 in two hours, 24 minutes.
Fourth-seed Juan Monaco of Argentina routed qualifier Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-1 to also progress to the second round.