Ljubicic, Davydenko Advance to Beijing QFs

Posted on September 15, 2006

Top-seeded Ivan Ljubicic and No. 2 seed Nikolay Davydenko advanced to the Beijing quarterfinals on Thursday.

Ljubicic booked his spot after smashing 15 aces in a 6-3, 6-4 win over American Kevin Kim. The Croat won 31 of 35 points on first serve and broke Kim twice during the match.

"I served well but I was not great from the baseline," he said. "But I was able to put enough pressure on him to force his errors."

Up next for Ljubicic is the eighth-seeded Hyung-Taik Lee, who advanced to his third quarterfinal of the season after a 4-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(4) win over German Michael Berrer. Lee overcame a 1-4 deficit in the third set tiebreak to win in two hours and 24 minutes.
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Fresh of his startling US Open semifinal, Davydenko advanced to the final eight with a 7-6(2), 6-2 triumph over Slovenian Luka Gregorc.

In this his 27th tournament of the year, Davydenko has now won 17 of his last 20 matches to improve his 2006 record to 56-23, second only to world No. 1 Roger Federer's 70 match wins.

The Russian will now play Paradorn Srichaphan, a victor over 30-year-old qualifier Satoshi Iwabuchi 6-3, 6-1.