into Beijing quarters, Berdych boosts London hopes
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[October 02, 2014]
BEIJING (Reuters) - World number two
Rafa Nadal sailed into the quarter-finals of the China Open, his first
tournament in 13 weeks, with a 6-3 6-4 win over German qualifier Peter
Gojowczyk on Thursday.
The Spaniard, returning from a wrist injury, won 85 per cent of
his first service points against the German and took an hour and 45
minutes to seal victory and set up a last eight clash with Martin
Klizan at the ATP 500 event.
Slovak Klizan was leading 6-2 3-0 when seventh seed Ernests Gulbis
retired due to a right shoulder injury.
Third seed Tomas Berdych moved up a place to seventh in the race to
the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London after his 6-3 6-4
victory against wild card Viktor Troicki despite a poor serving
The Czech only managed to make 32 percent of his first serves and
now meets eighth seed and big server John Isner in the
Elsewhere on Beijing's blue hard courts, Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov
beat Spaniard Pablo Andujar 6-4 6-4 to set up a quarter-final clash
with world number one Novak Djokovic, while sixth seed Andy Murray
beat Pablo Cuevas 6-2 6-2.
In the women section, Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova upset seventh seed
Angelique Kerber in three sets, while Petra Kvitova also reached the
quarter-finals without hitting a ball after American Venus Williams
withdrew with a viral illness.
Twice champion Kuznetsova dropped the first set but eventually
prevailed 2-6 6-4 6-3 in the two-hour-and-eight minute battle that
complicates her German opponent's hopes of qualifying for the
season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore.
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Kerber is ninth in the race for next month's event featuring the top
eight players and could have improved her position with a better
showing in China.
Second seed Simona Halep, one of the four players to have already
secured a place in the Singapore event, battled past Andrea Petkovic
of Germany with tie-breaks separating the pair in two of the three
low quality sets.
The Romanian, who produced 91 errors, fought for more than two and
half hours to tame Petkovic 7-6(4) 5-7 7-6(1) and reach the last
eight where she will meet Ana Ivanovic, who downed Sabine Lisicki
Italian Roberta Vinci prevailed in a three-setter, upstaging 12th
seed Ekaterina Makarova 6-1 0-6 7-5.
(Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; editing by Patrick
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