Home favourite Zhang Ze pulled off the biggest victory of his career, taking out Bangkok champion Richard Gasquet in three sets. The 6-4 3-6 6-4 victory is only Zhang’s third main draw ATP victory, the other two both being at this same tournament against Chinese opponents.
Backed by strong serving in the first set, Zhang did not face one break point. He held from a precarious 0-30 position at 3-4 to tie it up and would immediately punish Gasquet for his wasted chances. A break to love would see him take a 5-4 lead and the opportunity to serve for the set. From 40-0 up in the next game, Zhang would get pegged back to deuce but held his nerve to take a one set lead at the fourth time of asking.
Gasquet would up his level in the second as he dropped just four points on serve the whole set. An early break for 2-0 was enough from then on to force the decider. He would repeat the early break in the final set but some nervy play would see him hand that back. With Gasquet served at *4-5 and 40-0 it looked increasingly more likely that a tie break would settle this match. However, Zhang would soon put paid to that with five consecutive points to break for the match, ending with a fearless backhand down the line winner to move into the quarter finals.
Sam Querrey booked a quarter final tie with Feliciano Lopez after a comfortable defeat over Andreas Seppi. Querrey was dominant on serve, not facing one break point in the 6-1 6-4 victory. It took the American just 66 minutes to seal the victory. After Seppi held for 1-1 in the first, Querrey would win the next five games in a row as he broke his Italian opponent’s serve twice in succession.
Seppi would make the score more respectable in the second set, giving up just the wrong break early in the set. It would be all Querrey needed due to his dominance on serve although he did have opportunities for the insurance break. Two match points came and went on the final service game but it would be third time lucky as Querrey finally closed the match out.