Although Philipp Kohlschreiber (Player Profile) gave him a lot to think about today, second seed Rafael Nadal (Player Profile) continued his unbeaten run on hard courts this year by advancing to the China Open (Beijing) 2013 quarter-finals in straight sets. Each player dropped a service game a couple of times in the opening five games before Rafa getting in trouble again at 4-4, yet he escaped the danger and pounced on the German’s server in the follow-up game – it was one set to love for Nadal. He then rescued three break points in the third game of the following set which would eventually end in a tie-break. The Spaniard was again more concentrated in the final stages of the set and crossed the finish line first by winning a two-hour-long battle 6-4, 7-6 (3).
“Today the serve, in my opinion, helped in the important moments,” said Nadal. “But it’s true that his level of tennis I think was just brilliant tonight. I won because I played a great match. If not, I would not be here with a victory.”
Next up for Nadal is unseeded Fabio Fognini (Player Profile) who destroyed Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt (Player Profile) by breaking him six times in two sets. The World no. 19 Italian won 6-0, 6-2 after one hour of play.
Just like in his Beijing opener, eighth seed John Isner (Player Profile) needed to endure a three-setter to make his way into the next round. Interestingly, the US player did not have a single break point to defend during the round of 16 encounter against qualifier Roberto Bautista Agut (Player Profile), still he was forced to play a decider due to losing the second-set tie-break. The crucial moment of the final set occurred in the seventh game when Isner broke to love and ultimately closed out the clash with a 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-4 triumph. In the quarter-finals he will meet fourth seed Tomas Berdych who was given a walkover against Russian Nikolay Davydenko. Isner leads the head-to-head score 2-1.
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