China Open, Beijing QF
National Tennis Stadium – Not Before 7:30 pm
While Novak Djokovic (Player Bio) is helpless in the race to keep his No.1 ranking this week (Nadal will earn it with a final), he can keep the pressure on when he faces Sam Querrey (Player Bio) in the quarter-finals of the ATP Beijing tournament in China. The Djokovic vs Querrey Head to Head stands at 6-1.
Djokovic was far from his best in the last round, needing three sets to defeat Fernando Verdasco 7-5 2-6 6-2. After failing to convert break points for a double break in the first set, Djokovic would find himself on level terms from 4-1 up. However, Verdasco failed to hold his nerve serving for a tiebreak and dropped serve. An awful second set from Djokovic allowed Verdasco to force a decider but he couldn’t take advantage in the third. Djokovic would take an early break and never relinquish it to earn the win.
It looked like Djokovic would be destined for a rematch with Stanislas Wawrinka when the Swiss was drawn with Sam Querrey in the previous round. Given their past two matches this year, it would have been no doubt one to watch but the American put paid to those plans with a straight sets win over Wawrinka. After breaking twice to take the first set, he recovered from a break down to win the second in a tiebreak for a 6-3 7-6 victory.
Querrey’s hard court record this year is a respectable 15-9 although he has no titles to show for it and was a disappointing early loser at the US Open recently. Djokovic has a 6-1 record against Querrey, losing only in Paris from a 6-0 2-0 up. He should suffer no such fate this time round as he continues the charge for his fourth Beijing title. Djokovic was a 6-0 7-6 winner at Indian Wells in the only outdoor hard court meeting this year.
Prediction: Novak Djokovic in straight sets