The quarterfinals will be finalized Thursday at the Japan Open in Tokyo. Leading the way are top seeds Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick.
Nadal meets the big-hitting Canadian qualifier Milos Raonic. The 19-year-old Raonic who is currently ranked No. 200, is seeking just his fifth career match win, and he’ll have to beat the World No. 1 to get it. The last Canadian to defeat a No. 1 was Daniel Nestor who stunned Stefan Edberg in a February 1992 Davis Cup tie.
The American Roddick opens play on center court today against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy. Roddick won the their only previous encounter beating Chardy at Wimbledon last year in four sets. Since the start of Wimbledon, the 23-year-old Chardy has won 13 of his last 20 matches.
Seeds Gael Monfils and Jurgen Melzer are also scheduled in Tokyo.
At the China Open in Beijing, Caroline Wozniacki stands just one match win from the No. 1 ranking. The 20-year-old needs only to beat Petra Kvitova to overtake the injured Serena Williams in the WTA rankings on Monday. If she wins, she’ll become just the 20th woman – and the first player from Denmark – to rank No. 1 on the WTA computer. However, it was at Wimbledon this June when the Dane was destroyed by Kvitova 6-2, 6-0.
Also, former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic is slated to meet Elena Dementieva.
The men on Thursday are highlighted by Andy Murray (v. Montanes) and Robin Soderling (v. Almagro).
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