BEIJING -- Australian Open runner-up Andy Murray and French Open finalist Robin Soderling were among Thursday's second-round winners at the $3.337 million China Open.
The second-seeded world No. 4 Murray came from behind in both sets in order to get past Spain's Albert Montanes 7-5, 6-3, while the third-seeded world No. 5 Soderling held off Spaniard Nicolas Almagro 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in just under two hours on the hardcourts at the National Tennis Center. Soderling and Almagro combined for 40 aces, including 22 for the winner.
The British Murray's quarterfinal opponent on Friday will be former top-five star Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia, while the Swedish Soderling will take on eighth-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer, who advanced on Day 4 with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 victory over Taipei's Yen-Hsun Lu.
Ljubicic reached the round of eight with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) decision against rising Romanian Alexandr Dolgopolov.
Friday's other quarters will pit top-seeded and defending Beijing titlist Novak Djokovic against former top-10 Frenchman Gilles Simon and fourth-seeded Russian Nikolay Davydenko versus 6-foot-9 American slugger John Isner. The 2010 U.S. Open runner-up Djokovic, of Serbia, defeated Croat Marin Cilic in last year's finale here.
This week's champion will collect $500,000.