Nadal, Dimitrov Advance To QF Clash In Rainy Beijing; Murray Faces Edmund
by Staff | October 6th, 2016, 3:20 pm
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Former champion Rafael Nadal hung on to deny Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-1, 7-6(6) to reach the quarterfinals at the Beijing China Open.

“I think I played a fantastic first set. Great level of tennis, serving very good, hitting so good. During the second set, I slowed the rhythm a little bit and he played very well,” said Nadal. “I feel very happy that I won that tie-break. I think I played with the right amount of determination in the tie-break. It’s very important for my confidence to pass through these tough moments.”

Nadal, who won the title in 2005 and made the final in 2013, will now take on Grigor Dimitrov.

“He’s a great player that is playing well. He’s one of the players on tour with high potential,” said Nadal. “I know I have to play my best tennis to win against him, so I’m trying to focus on that.”

Dimitrov advanced in three sets over US Open and Wimbledon quarterfinalist Lucas Pouille 6-7(3), 7-6(0), 6-4. Pouille served for the match in the second set at 5-4, 30-15 but couldn’t close it out.

“I just believed today,” said Dimitrov. “Especially in the second set, when he was serving for the match. I felt I was playing good tennis. I just missed a few opportunities early on and throughout the second he was playing really good. All I could do was stay composed, try to hit every ball that I could and use every opportunity. They came a bit late, but I’m pretty happy with it.”

Nadal has won all seven matches against the Bulgarian.

“He is a great player,” Nadal said of Dimitrov. “He is a player that is playing well. He is one of the players with high potential on the tour. I prepare the match the same like every day. I know I have to play my best tennis to win against a player like him. I am focus on try to do that.”

Because of rain, Nadal and Dimitrov were the only second round matches completed on the day.

Milos Raonic, Alexander Zverev and others will be forced to play two matches on Friday. Andy Murray will meet countryman and qualifier Kyle Edmund.

“Like the day of the match, it’s always a little bit uncomfortable because normally when you see your friends and stuff in the locker room, you have a chat, joke around a bit,” Murray said of facing a friend like Edmund. “But on match days, it always tends to be a little bit more serious.

“Once you get out on the court and start competing, it’s fine. After the match, again, it’s always fine. But it’s just sort of the couple hours before when you see each other in the locker room, it can be a little bit uncomfortable.”

FRIDAY BEIJING SCHEDULE
NATIONAL TENNIS STADIUM start 10:00 am
ATP – M. Jaziri (TUN) vs [3] M. Raonic (CAN)

Not Before 12:30 pm
WTA – [8] M. Keys (USA) vs [14] P. Kvitova (CZE)
ATP – [1] A. Murray (GBR) vs [Q] K. Edmund (GBR)

Not Before 4:30 pm
WTA – [11] J. Konta (GBR) vs S. Zhang (CHN)

Not Before 7:30 pm
ATP – G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs [2] R. Nadal (ESP)

Not Before 9:00 pm
WTA – [3] A. Radwanska (POL) vs A. Cornet (FRA) or Y. Shvedova (KAZ)

LOTUS COURT start 10:00 am
ATP – [8] R. Gasquet (FRA) vs P. Carreno Busta (ESP) 75 24

Not Before 12:30 pm
ATP – A. Zverev (GER) vs [5] D. Ferrer (ESP)

Not Before 2:30 pm
WTA – [16] E. Svitolina (UKR) vs D. Gavrilova (AUS)

Not Before 4:30 pm
ATP – [8] R. Gasquet (FRA) or P. Carreno Busta (ESP) vs M. Jaziri (TUN) or [3] M. Raonic (CAN)


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14 Comments for Nadal, Dimitrov Advance To QF Clash In Rainy Beijing; Murray Faces Edmund

nits Says:

Breakbreak see saw Nadal Dimitrov


Daniel Says:

Dimi in semis to face Raonci. Murray x Ferrer other semis. Can’t see Murray losing altough Dimi and Raonic can trouble him when on.

Battle for last 2 spots is between Nadal (who will be 7 next week), Thiem (8), Bercych (9) and Cilic (10). Dependong on how Cilic fare in Tokyio (where he is in semis), they can all be 400 pts from 7 to 10. With Shangai, Basel and Paris to be played still.


RZ Says:

Hopefully that loss won’t set Rafa back in his bid to get a spot in London, though he was helped by Thiem losing early.


Daniel Says:

RZ,

Nadal will move to #7 with 3290 pts less than 100 pra ahead of Thiem. Berdych will be 2875 and Colic can only reach 2900 if he wins Tokyio. Monfils is solid ahead of Nadal at 3535 but he can gain more if reaching final or winning Tokyio as well.

Unless something major happen for Cilic and Berdych I can’t see Nadal not qualifying. He will play just enough to secure more 500-600 pts enough to do the cut.

Shangai draw not out yet, but unless Nadal loses there first week, than no yellow light still.


RZ Says:

@Daniel – thanks for the breakdown. I hope both Nadal and Thiem qualify. I’m guessing Nishikori and Roanic will qualify in the next couple of weeks – I don’t see them not being there (unless injured)


Daniel Says:

Yeah, Kei and Raonic are in. By the time Shangai ends it will be official for them.

Nadal and Thiem have to also keep track of other contenders. Anyine losing early out of themBerdy and Cilic could be crucial.


Willow Says:

RZ Doesnt matter who qualifies for London, IMO I can only see one winner assuming hes fit to play, as much as i would love to see a completely different champion there, im a bit apathetic when it comes to that particular tournament im afraid, not one i really enjoy TBH, especially after such a long season ….


Willow Says:

Sorry shouldve said pessimistic rather than apathetic, but both statements fit anyway ….


J-Kath Says:

Hey RZ, Willow – Have you ready the article I cut and pasted on the laugh on Andy…..it may give you a grin…..


RZ Says:

@J-Kath – that is pretty funny. But I can see how it happened. LOL


RZ Says:

@Willow – there may be one heavy favorite to win the whole shebang in London but there’s a lot of prestige to make it there. I’d much prefer to see Rafa and Thiem make it than to see Berdych get back in.


Willow Says:

RZ sorry but im of the opinion does it matter, still the same result, seems like a one man show, great if your a fan of that one man i suppose, and getting there just about kills everybody, so they are too spent to make much of an impression anyway, but each to their own, seems like a chore rather than a pleasure IMO ….


Willow Says:

J-Kath yeah did nice one ;-)) ….

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