Beijing, China (SportsNetwork.com) - Reigning champion and three-time
overall titlist Novak Djokovic and Spanish star David Ferrer were among
Thursday's second-round winners at the $2.315 million China Open.
The top-seeded world No. 1 Djokovic held off hard-hitting Spanish left-hander
Fernando Verdasco 7-5, 2-6, 6-2, while the third-seeded French Open runner-up
Ferrer overcame Aussie Marinko Matosevic 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 on the hardcourts at
the National Tennis Center. Djokovic beat Ferrer in the final here in 2010.
Up next for Djokovic will be American Sam Querrey, while Ferrer's quarterfinal
opponent on Friday will be fifth-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet.
The U.S. Open semifinalist Gasquet grounded Aussie Bernard Tomic 7-6 (7-2),
6-4, while Querrey ousted sixth-seeded U.S. Open semifinalist Stanislas
Wawrinka 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) on Day 4 in Beijing.
Friday's other quarters will pit second-seeded and 2005 Beijing titlist Rafael
Nadal against Italian Fabio Fognini and fourth-seeded and 2011 China Open
champ Tomas Berdych versus eighth-seeded American John Isner. Berdych was a
runner-up in Bangkok last week.
The U.S. and French Open champion Nadal would supplant Djokovic atop the
men's rankings should he reach the final this weekend. The super Spaniard
already owns a whopping 11 titles on tour this year and is currently riding a
19-match winning streak.
The 2013 Beijing titlist will earn $557,100.
The Sports Network