Former champion Rafael Nadal won another tough battle today beating Vasek Pospisil 7-6, 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals in Beijing.
“I’m happy for the victory,” said Nadal. “It’s a victory against a good opponent like Vasek, which is good news for me. Every victory is an opportunity to play another day, one more opportunities to try to practise the things that I need to.
“Beijing is a very important tournament, a very important event, and I am going to fight for every ball to try to have the better result possible.”
Nadal will meet Jack Sock Friday. The American who plays similarly to Nadal just from the right side, crushed Andreas Haider Maurer 6-2, 6-1.
Nadal’s countryman David Ferrer also advanced, but Tomas Berdych fell in his opener to Pablo Cuevas 6-4, 6-4.
“I made one tournament title, the other one didn’t go my way,” Berdych said. “(I’m) just going to try to do well in the third one, my last one. It’s always a difficult part of the year. We have to travel a lot. The conditions are always very different, very difficult, week by week here in China. It’s not easy to adjust … It’s the same for all of us just ahead of the last and big tournament.”
For Cuevas it was just his second career Top 10 win.
In the women’s draw, Agnieszka Radwanska knocked off an ailing Madison Keys when the American retired down a set due to a thigh injury.
Angelique Kerber continued her fine play beating Caroline Wozniacki and Sara Errani and Timea Bacsinszky were also winners.
Five-time champion Novak Djokovic returns Thursday along with former French Open champions Ana Ivanovic and Svetlana Kuznetsova who clash.
In Tokyo, defending champion Kei Nishikori beat Sam Querrey 7-6, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals.
“Recently, the best thing about my game has been my service,” Nishikori told the Japan Times. “My first serve has been accurate. I’m not really the best at returning serves, and this was good for my confidence.
“We both held our service easily in the first set, and that’s rare for me. Some things didn’t work out and that can’t be helped, but overall I played a good game.”
Stan Wawrinka also was a winner defeating Ito in three sets. Former US Open champion Marin Cilic beat Donald Young and No. 3 seed Gilles Simon got through.
THURSDAY BEIJING SCHEDULE
NATIONAL TENNIS STADIUM start 12:30 pm
WTA – [Q] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) vs  R. Vinci (ITA)
Not Before 2:30 pm
ATP –  D. Goffin (BEL) vs F. Fognini (ITA)
ATP –  N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [WC] Ze. Zhang (CHN)
Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA –  A. Ivanovic (SRB) vs S. Kuznetsova (RUS)
WTA –  T. Babos (HUN) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs [WC] C. Liang (CHN) / Y. Wang (CHN)
LOTUS COURT start 12:30 pm
ATP – I. Karlovic (CRO) vs P. Cuevas (URU)
Not Before 2:30 pm
WTA – A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs  F. Pennetta (ITA)
WTA – M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) vs  G. Muguruza (ESP)
Not Before 6:30 pm
ATP – [Q] J. Millman (AUS) vs  J. Isner (USA)
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