A bunch of bigtime matches are on the slate Friday in Asia. Earlier today in Beijing, Novak Djokovic and John Isner both won matches to advance to a quarterfinal collision.
Djokovic upped his record to 26-0 in Beijing after a 6-2, 6-1 win over Ze Zhang.
“The conditions are definitely suitable to my game,” said Djokovic. “I feel very pleasant playing on the center court. I guess as I keep coming back each year with that positive record, obviously gives me more confidence knowing that I played so well in the past on this court. I just keep on going. That’s all. There is no particular reason. There are a few things that play in my favour.”
Djokovic will face American Isner who toughed out John Millman in three sets. Isner has beaten Djokovic twice on hardcourts but the Serb has won the last four to lead 7-2 overall.
Also tomorrow, Fabio Fognini set a date with Pablo Cuevas. Fognini needed three to beat David Goffin while Cuevas ousted ace king Ivo Karlovic.
And Rafael Nadal will meet Jack Sock in an intriguing match and David Ferrer faces Yen Sun Lu.
“He’s young, very good player, aggressive, with fantastic serve,” Nadal said of Sock on Wednesday. “Very, very strong forehand. Going to be a big opponent for quarterfinals. I need to play better than today even. So tomorrow is day off for me. Good day for keep practicing things, try to improve the things that I need to keep improving. Hope to continue with that improvement since yesterday, today, tomorrow, after tomorrow. I really hope to be ready for the match.”
The women’s quarters feature Ana Ivanovic v Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Angelique Kerber against Agnieszka Radwanska.
In Tokyo, Marin Cilic set up a US Open final rematch against Kei Nishikori. Cilic beat Steve Johnson to win his 28th straight match against American opposition. Top seed Stan Wawrinka duels Austin Krajicek and Nick Kyrgios clashes with Benoit Paire it was should be quite an entertaining match.
FRIDAY BEIJING SCHEDULE
NATIONAL TENNIS STADIUM start 12:30 pm
ATP – J. Sock (USA) vs  R. Nadal (ESP)
Not Before 2:30 pm
WTA –  A. Radwanska (POL) vs  A. Kerber (GER)
WTA –  A. Ivanovic (SRB) or S. Kuznetsova (RUS) vs A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
Not Before 7:30 pm
ATP –  N. Djokovic (SRB) vs  J. Isner (USA)
WTA –  C. Dellacqua (AUS) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) vs  H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE)
LOTUS COURT start 12:30 pm
WTA –  T. Bacsinszky (SUI) vs S. Errani (ITA)
Not Before 2:30 pm
ATP – F. Fognini (ITA) vs P. Cuevas (URU)
ATP –  D. Ferrer (ESP) vs [WC] Y. Lu (TPE)
Not Before 6:30 pm
WTA – [Q] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) vs  G. Muguruza (ESP)
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