The brothers chest-bumped after their success in what was their first victory together in five attempts on the ATP Tour. “There are a few things that play in my favour”.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates his victory over Zhang Ze of China during the men’s singles second round match at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing, China, October 8, 2015.
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The former of those two scenarios was always going to be the most likely, and that’s how the match panned out, as Djokovic overwhelmed the world No. 219 6-2, 6-1.
“I’m just really motivated, like I said before, to try to finish on a high”. It’s great to be qualified.
“So to have the chance to win a match when I start losing is important for me”.
It was an afternoon that underlined the gulf that has opened up between Djokovic and Nadal, once his close rival, but now down to eighth in the world and a shadow of his fearsome best.
Her compatriot and opponent in the U.S. Open final, Roberta Vinci, also went out with a 6-1 3-6 6-2 defeat to American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
The omens were not good for the home player when Djokovic broke at the first time of asking, opening a three-game lead in the blink of an eye.
The sixth-seeded Croat saved all five break points he faced to set up a quarterfinal with second seed Kei Nishikori, who is bidding for his third Japan title.
She surely did. After she won the first set, Caroline Wozniacki gained more self control on the tennis court according to her competitor.
“It looks like the match was under control with 6-4, 1-0, but then situation changed”.
Venus Williams, one of the headline names at next week’s Hong Kong Open, will have plenty of time to rest as last week’s Wuhan Open victor was knocked out by Ana Ivanovic.
Nadal will face Fabio Fognini in the semifinals after the Italian beat Pablo Cuevas 6-1 2-6 6-2.