Reigning champion Novak Djokovic (Player Bio) hit top form in the quarter-finals of China Open as he breezed past Sam Querrey (Player Bio) who failed to produce anything that would endanger the top seed entering the semis and holding on to World No. 1 position. The opener lasted merely twenty-one minutes with the US player coming back from 0-40 at 0-5 to avoid getting a bagel. Nole moved one nil up after holding to love in the follow-up game. The second set was hardly any different with Djokovic breaking the American number two in the opening game and holding his service games expressly. At 4-2 the Serb successfully challenged Querrey’s second serve to generate a break point which he converted to put the outcome of the clash beyond all possible doubt. Serving for the match Novak pulled off a service winner at 30-30 and smashed an ace down the middle to put an icing on the cake of his impressive 6-1, 6-2 triumph. It was all over in fifty-three minutes of play on hard court at National Tennis Stadium in Beijing.
“To get free points on your serve is necessary and needed,” said Djokovic. “I played a big server tonight. I managed to read his serve well and managed to always make him play an extra shot. I think that was a perfect performance overall. Good combination between serving efficiently and returning basically every serve back.”
Next up for the three-time China Open title holder will be fifth seed Richard Gasquet (Player Bio) who defeated David Ferrer (Player Bio) convincingly in straight sets. The seed number three Spaniard was the only one to drop a serve in the opener, whilst his French opponent needed to restore the one break lead in the following set to reach the semi-finals by winning 6-3, 6-4. He beat Djokovic only once in ten attempts at Tennis Masters Cup in 2007.