Youzhny beats Anderson in Beijing, Lopez also through to QFs

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Mikhail Youzhny advanced to the next round in Beijing after a comfortable victory over Kevin Anderson, defeating the South African 6-3 6-3 to earn a quarterfinal encounter against Jo Wilfried Tsonga who received a walkover when Nikolay Davydenko withdrew from their match.

The early games saw the players feeling each other out, trading comfortable holds without any threat of a break of serve. After saving three break points in a lengthy service game, Youzhny would strike the first with a surprising break to love for a 4-2 lead. This would be enough for the Russian to hold on to as two comfortable holds sealed the set for him.

After the pair traded early breaks, Youzhny would break yet again and remain solid on serve from then on. Only a break behind, Anderson did stay in touch for most of the set but would falter under scoreboard pressure. Serving to stay in the match, he would go two match points down – the first of which was taken by Youzhny to seal the win.

Feliciano Lopez is also through to the next round after a straight sets victory over Yen Hsun-Lu but it should have been much easier than the 6-3 7-6 (7) scoreline it was. A solitary break in the first set would be enough for the Spaniard holding on to from 2-0 up, although he did face a minor scare serving it out. He would save a break point at 5-3 and hold for the first set.

After breaking for a 4-3 lead in the second set, it should have been comfortable from then on but Lopez would make hard work for himself as he was broken for the first time in the match. Lopez would then get an opportunity to serve the match after breaking for a 6-5 lead but again blew the lead after failing to convert match point. The tie break would see two more match points pass Lopez by before finally being successful at the fourth time of asking, coming from *6-7 behind to take it 9-7.

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