Second seed Rafael Nadal (Player Bio), who conquered Beijing back in 2005, progressed comfortably enough as he dismissed Colombian Santiago Giraldo (Player Bio) after one hour and a half of play. He was forced to save a break point to make it 2-2 in the opener, but then produced a four straight games run before converting the set point number one. Although getting broken a couple of times in the second set, the Spaniard’s straight-sets success was never in doubt as he maintained a one break advantage and served the match out with a hold to love. He won 6-2, 6-4 and will square off against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber in the round of 16.
Former World no. 1 Lleyton Hewitt rose to the occasion against seventh seed Tommy Haas, beating him in straight sets. The experienced athletes shared two breaks between them by 4-4 in the opening set before eventually facing off in the tie-break. The 35-year old German, this year’s Munich champion, paid the price of wasting a triple set point in the thirteenth game, allowing the Australian to move one nil ahead. The second set serving display left a lot to be desired as Hewitt chased down Haas two times by 2-2 before consolidating his third break of the set to get his nose in front. Serving for the match, the Australian legend rescued a couple of break points before confirming his second round ticket with a 7-6 (6), 6-3 triumph. He will play Fabio Fognini next.
“I think he was a bit frustrated after losing that tie-break in the first set, so the start the second set the ball was always in his court in terms of he was just taking it to me,” said Hewitt. “I was lucky I could keep breaking back every time I got broken. I was able to consolidate the break when I went up 4-2.”
Also trough to the last 16 is fourth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych who sent home Pablo Andujar by winning 6-4, 6-1. The Spaniard was the first to break in the encounter to make it 4-3 in the opening set, yet the favorite bounced back immediately to grab nine out of remaining ten games in the clash. His following challenger will be Russian Nikolay Davydenko.
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