World No. 7 Kei Nishikori advanced to the semifinals of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament on Friday following a straight-sets victory over Hungarian Marton Fucsovics.
The top seed from Japan beat the 38th-ranked Fucsovics 6-3, 6-2 to book a final-four meeting with former world No. 3 Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland on Saturday.
Nishikori, who is competing at this ATP 500 tournament for the first time, fired three aces in winning 72 percent of his points on first serve. He converted five break points in his first contest against the 27-year-old Fucsovics.
After splitting the first three games, Nishikori, 29, snared the first break of the match to love. From there, the Japanese seized control and wrapped up the match in 1 hour, 18 minutes, claiming six straight games in the second set.
"I was able to play solid tennis and I did especially well in the second set," Nishikori said. "I knew we will have long rallies so I wanted to take control."
The Japanese, who is gunning for his second ATP title of the season, has beaten Wawrinka, a three-time Grand Slam champion, four times in nine tries.
In their most recent encounter, at August's Western and Southern Open, Wawrinka beat Nishikori in straight sets before losing to his countryman Roger Federer two rounds later, in the quarterfinals.
"Wawrinka is a really strong player, so I need to play good tennis in order to win," Nishikori said. "I know anybody has a chance to win if they can play without making many mistakes."
Nishikori won his first title in nearly three years at the Brisbane International last month before retiring injured while down a set and 4-1 to Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open quarterfinals.