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Andy Murray edges John Isner in three-set, two-tiebreaker match to reach quarterfinals

  • John Isner returns a serve against Andy Murray, from Great Britain, during a match at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

    John Isner returns a serve against Andy Murray, from Great Britain, during a match at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)  (The Associated Press)

  • Flavia Pennetta, from Italy, returns a serve against Serena Williams during a match at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

    Flavia Pennetta, from Italy, returns a serve against Serena Williams during a match at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)  (The Associated Press)

  • Serena Williams volleys against Flavia Pennetta, from Italy, during a match at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

    Serena Williams volleys against Flavia Pennetta, from Italy, during a match at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)  (The Associated Press)

Andy Murray fought off two late match points and edged John Isner, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 7-6 (2) to reach the quarterfinals of the Western & Southern Open on Thursday.

Stan Wawrinka shook off losing the first set to roll through the next two and advance with a 3-6, 6-0, 6-1 win over Marin Cilic. Wawrinka, the Australian Open champion, will meet unseeded Julien Benneteau in the quarterfinals. Benneteau eliminated Jerzy Janowicz, 7-5, 6-1. Fabio Fognini also needed three sets to get past Yen-Hsun Lu, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

In women's play, top-seeded Serena Williams continued her pursuit of her first title in this tournament with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Flavia Pennetta. Simona Halep also reached the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Lucie Safarova.