Djokovic overpowers Melzer to advance into Beijing SFs, Lopez beats Querrey

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Novak Djokovic cruised through to the semi finals after defeating Jurgen Melzer for the loss of just three games. In the 6-1 6-2 victory, the Serb was ruthlessly efficient taking all four break point opportunities on offer. The much could be said of his service games, especially in the first set. He dropped just four points (including a double fault) on serve in the set and would need just 23 minutes to hang Melzer a breadstick, winning the last five games of the set after Melzer had held for 1-1.

Although not as quick as the first, the second set was just as comfortable for Djokovic who quickly take a 4-0 lead in the set. Barring a minuscule scare at 3-0, where he was down two break points, Djokovic never looked in danger on serve and could thank the 10 aces he served in the second set for this. Djokovic looked happy to settle for his lead at that stage and would drop two return games before coming out to serve for the match at 5-2. Unlike yesterday against Carlos Berlocq, there would be no collapse as he took the match at the first time of asking.

An extraordinary collapse from Sam Querrey saw Feliciano Lopez move into the semi finals at the expense of his American opponent. Once a set and 4-2 down, Lopez would come back to win 4-6 6-4 6-4 in just under two and a half hours. After dropping serve early in the first, Querrey would make an impressive comeback to take the set as he broke the Lopez serve twice to win from 1-3. Despite being two big servers, neither man was secure for many parts of the match though Lopez serving at 39% in the first has to be a big factor in his early struggle. A huge 27 break points would be on offer throughout the whole match, with Querrey especially wasteful taking just 4 of 17 on offer.

An early break and consolidated hold might have seemed like it was over but it turned out to be far from it. Querrey had chances to double the break at 2-0, 3-1 and 4-2 but would be unable to convert on all three occasions. His wastefulness would be punished as Lopez recovered to tie the set up at 4-4 then hold to force Querrey to serve to stay in the match. Two set points went begging but the third would be taken by Lopez to complete the recovery and move into a decider.

Like the first two sets, the story would be of Querrey’s failure to take break points. Six more passed him buy in the first two service games of the third set and much like the second, he would be punished by Lopez at the first time of asking who would break for a 4-2 lead. Querrey did finally manage to break once behind and followed it up with his first love hold of the match since the final game of set one. An emphatic love hold from Lopez piled the scoreboard pressure back on Querrey. A game point would fail to be taken by Querrey, giving Lopez the chance to strike. He would fashion himself a break/match point and would convert at the first time of asking to make the semi finals.

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