Reigning champion Novak Djokovic started his China Open 2013 campaign with a crushing victory over 46th-ranked Czech Lukas Rosol. The World number one rushed through the opener by surrendering only one point on his serve, whilst he broke his helpless opponent three consecutive times to deliver him a bagel twenty-four minutes into the first round match. The Serb then extended his run to nine straight games before letting Rosol get on the board at 3-1. Nole saved both break points he faced in the set number two before putting icing on the cake with a final hold to love – he won 6-0, 6-3 in fifty-four minutes of hard court tennis. He is scheduled to play Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in the round of 16.
Likewise, US player Sam Querrey progressed in straight sets as he battled past Mikhail Youzhny of Russia. The latter annulled the American’s one break lead early in the opener which would eventually be decided in the tie-break. The Russian grabbed the initial mini-break, yet Querrey turned the proceedings around to move one nil up. In the second set, Youzhny broke back twice by 4-3, but suffered yet another loss of serve straight after and Querrey confirmed it to win 7-6 (3), 6-3. He is meeting fifth seed Stan Wawrinka in the second round.
The Swiss number two struggled against Andreas Seppi in Beijing today as the Italian seized the opening set, but he regrouped for the second one in which he escaped to 3-0. Seppi pegged back to make it 3-2, yet the New York semi-finalist broke again and ultimately squared things up after holding to love. The decider was no walk in the park for Wawrinka either, yet he had the upper hand as he broke early on and gave the opponent no chances for a comeback. End score: 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.