Djokovic thrashes Berlocq in Beijing, Melzer beats Dolgopolov

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Novak Djokovic avoided a mini fight back from Carlos Berlocq in their second round encounter of the China Open 2012, finally defeating the Argentinian in 76 minutes for a 6-1 6-3 victory.  As was expected, Djokovic dominated in the first set much like he had done in their previous encounter, losing just 6 points on serve on his way to dishing out a breadstick to Berlocq.

After a marathon game at 4-0 on the Berlocq serve, it looked like a bagel was on the cards as Djokovic broke at the third time of asking in a game involving five deuces but the Serb would fall apart for the next few games. Four match points would not be converted as Berlocq pulled as close as 5-3 and game point. Unfortunately for Berlocq, he could not complete the hold and Djokovic would finally finish off the tricky Argentinian at the fifth time of asking.

Djokovic will face Jurgen Melzer in the next round after the Austrian defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov in a topsy-turvy encounter 7-6(9) 2-6 6-1. Serve once again was dominant in the first, especially with Melzer who did not face a break point on his way to forcing a tie break. Opportunities came and went for him to break in games 5 and 9 but he would be denied on all three occasions. In a crazy tie break, Melzer would come from a mini break down and save two set points on his to a 11-9 tie break victory, breaking the Ukranian’s serve to win it.

Dolgopolov would recover to force a decider, rushing into a 4-0 lead as he dropped just three points behind his first serve. He did face break points to drop one of the breaks but would hold his nerve on his way to a 6-2 second set victory. While the momentum seemingly was behind him, it would be very different in reality as he started extremely slowly and won just two points in the next three games. It would also take huge effort to avoid going a double break down as he saved four break points to ensure he stayed in touch at 3-1. Much like the early part of the set, Melzer would go on a tear as he won the last 12 points of the match after going 0-15 down for what was a comfortable victory in the end.

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