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Nadal, Wawrinka beaten on day of upsets in Cincinnati, Murray eases through to Quarters

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Andy Murray and Milos Raonic survived a day of upsets galore at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati while the rest of the draw was largely obliterated. Murray picked up an easy 6-3, 6-2 win against South Africa's Kevin Anderson, while Raonic dropped the second set while conceding breadsticks in the other two as he beat Japanese qualifier Sugita.

There was no such joy though for the likes of Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori, Tomas Berdych and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as 5 of the top 7 seeds all went out on the same day.

Croatian teenager Borna Coric brushed aside world No.5 Rafael Nadal 6-1, 6-3.

Playing just his second match since participating in the Rio Olympics, where he won gold in doubles and came in fourth in singles, the 30-year-old Nadal was out of sorts against his 49th-ranked opponent on Thursday. Coric fell behind 1-0 but then raced through the rest of the first set against an opponent who made an uncharacteristically high number of unforced errors and lost his serve three straight times.

The Croatian player then got two more service breaks to grab a 4-0 lead at the start of the second set thanks to continued erratic play by Nadal, who received treatment from the trainer for problems with his left wrist. Nadal managed to trim Coric's lead to 4-2 with a service break and play more evenly over the remainder of the contest, but the Croatian was still able to seal the victory in an hour and 12 minutes and book his first-ever quarterfinal berth at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event.

The Croatian teen is the youngest player to reach an ATP Masters 1000 quarterfinal since Serbia's Novak Djokovic, the current world No. 1, made the final eight at an indoor event in Madrid in 2006.

Singles - Third Round

[1] A. Murray (GBR) d K. Anderson (RSA) 63 62

G. Dimitrov (BUL) d [2] S. Wawrinka (SUI) 64 64

B. Coric (CRO) d [3] R. Nadal (ESP) 61 63

[4] M. Raonic (CAN) d [Q] Y. Sugita (JPN) 61 36 61

B. Tomic (AUS) d [5] K. Nishikori (JPN) 76(1) 76(5)

[12] M. Cilic (CRO) d [6] T. Berdych (CZE) 63 46 64

S. Johnson (USA) d [7] J. Tsonga (FRA) 63 76(6)