David Ferrer (Player Info) remains a contender for his third title of the year at China Open after coming back from a set down against Australian Marinko Matosevic (Player Info). The third seed Spaniard opened the second round clash by marching to 3-0, yet he dropped a serve three times later in the set, thus allowing his rival to move one nil up. Ferrer took the warning seriously and shifted into higher gear in the beginning of the following set in which he surrendered only one game and nine points in total. He maintained the high level of game in the decider where he added another couple of breaks and ended the match on a high note by serving it out with a hold to love. In the end, a 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 three-set victory for the favorite who is now facing a stern test against Richard Gasquet in the quarter-finals.
“I definitely need to improve my game to win against him tomorrow,” Ferrer admitted. “If I play like tonight, it’s going to be difficult to beat him.”
Fifth-seeded Gasquet (Player Info) completed his second round task in straight sets by overcoming Australian Bernard Tomic (Player Info). The latter broke as soon as the opening game of the encounter, yet the Frenchman was back on track by 4-4 before ultimately converting the fourth set point to clinch the tie-break. In the second set Gasquet produced seven break points and converted the last of them to restore his one break lead and make it 5-4. He served out the match next to book a quarter-final spot by winning 7-6 (2), 6-4. While he is trailing 2-8 behind Ferrer in their head-to-head meetings, he did beat him a month ago in the US Open quarter-finals in five sets.
“I think I played solid,” said Gasquet. “Bernard is a very good player; it’s always difficult to play him. We played a lot of rallies, so it was tough. The key to the match was the tie-break, it was very important for me to win it. I had more confidence in the second set and I’m very happy.”