Gasquet Upset In Beijing; Top Seeds Djokovic, Murray In QF Action Friday
by Staff | October 4th, 2012, 3:06 pm

Recent Bangkok winner Richard Gasquet couldn’t keep his run going Thursday falling to Chinese wildcard Ze Zhang 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in the second round at Beijing.

“Today I had no fear,” said Zhang. “I was very much relaxed. I wasn’t that nervous, so I tried my best to play with the utmost performance.”

The 22-year-old Zhang came into the match ranked No. 165.

Feliciano Lopez, Mikhail Youzhny and Sam Querrey also advanced to the quarterfinals. Top seed Novak Djokovic will try to stay perfect in Beijing tonight against Jurgen Melzer.

In the women’s event, favorites Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka and Agnieszka Radwanska remain in the hunt at the Premier Mandatory event.

“I’m not the social type in the players’ lounge,” Sharapova said commenting on the combined event. “I do my job and honestly sometimes I don’t know who’s playing and who’s not. The tournament for me is when I have an opponent to face, I get ready for that match and play.

“After this I’ll eat something and be back in my hotel, not knowing what’s going on later today. I’ll probably see the result of who my next opponent is. But as far as focusing on what’s going on around and who’s talking with who, I don’t know.”

Sharapova will now meet German Angelique Kerber Friday. Kerber beat Caroline Wozniacki to win her 60th WTA match of the season, far surpassing her previous best of a year of 23.

Not far off in Tokyo, Tomas Berdych won his 50th match of the season and Milos Raonic reached the quarterfinals via a retirement. Berdych beat Alejandro Falla 6-3, 7-5. Raonic advanced when Viktor Troicki retired with a calf injury down 3-0 in the first set.

“I was feeling much better physically than in my first match,” said Berdych. “I was able to profit from that. I was serving well, was playing solid and when I had the chance, I took it. That’s why I was able to finish it in two sets.”

Tonight top seed Andy Murray continues his title defense against Stanislas Wawrinka.

“He had a good US Open and did well in Cincinnati,” Murray said of the Swiss. “I think hard courts are a good surface for him. I’ve had a lot of tough matches with him over the years, especially on the hard courts. I would expect the same on Friday.”:


COURT 1 start 11:00 am
[3] J Tipsarevic (SRB) vs [6] M Raonic (CAN)
[1] A Murray (GBR) vs [7] S Wawrinka (SUI)

Not Before 2:00 PM
[Q] D Tursunov (RUS) vs M Baghdatis (CYP)
[8] K Nishikori (JPN) vs [2] T Berdych (CZE)
J Chardy (FRA) / M Melo (BRA) vs [4] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA)


F Mayer (GER) vs [WC] Z Zhang (CHN) – ATP

Not Before 3:00 PM
[5] A Kerber (GER) vs [2] M Sharapova (RUS) – WTA
[7] N Li (CHN) or S Peng (CHN) vs [3] A Radwanska (POL) – WTA

Not Before 7:30 PM
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs J Melzer (AUT) – ATP
C Fleming (GBR) / R Hutchins (GBR) vs [3] R Lindstedt (SWE) / H Tecau (ROU) – ATP

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17 Comments for Gasquet Upset In Beijing; Top Seeds Djokovic, Murray In QF Action Friday

Alok Says:

Some very watchable matches will be played this weekend.

Humble Rafa Says:

Thank God! Reeshard lost a MALE player named Zhang. I was worried for a minute there. Reeshaard and I are good friends, as you know. I supported him during the “kissing” episode.

alison Says:

Missed Murrays match,just glad he came through against Stan whos caused him problems in the past,another tricky match next against Raonic,but Murrays on his fav service now,Bagdahtis looks very good too,very solid serving i havent seen him play this well in a long time,hope he can carry it forward,next up Nishikori or Berdych,im thinking Berdych although i hope Kie can kick his ass,would like to see Baggy carry some momentum going forward.

alison Says:

So pleased Niskikori came through against Berdych in straight sets,very solid serving also getting a good reading and a good job of threatening the Berdych serve.

alison Says:

Bartoli serves Suarez Navaro a 1st set bagel.

steve-o Says:

Suarez Navarro mentally caves, as expected, and backed down when she had the advantage. She outplayed Bartoli but simply didn’t have the nerve to close. And, just to add insult to injury, the shittiest line call ever to finish it.

On match point, a fault ten feet wide of the line called an ace! And then she’s out of challenges, of course. Of course! I’ve never seen that happen. Ever.

RZ Says:

Alison, I’m also happy to see Nishikori score a big win over Berdych (who happens to be my least favorite player!). I always like seeing players do well at their home tournaments.

alison Says:

RZ Berdych seems to be alot of peoples least favorite player(mine too),its the terrible attitude towards other players i think,case in point that incident with Nico last year,the Murray cap incident at the USO etc etc,shame really as he is very talented,with alot to offer,and has a good game too,he has the game that troubles the very top players too,and not only that hes god dam hot too lol,despite all that im delighted Nishikori kicked him into touch,as i like both Baggy and Kei it will be easy to stay neutral and hope for a great match,with the best player coming through in the end.

jane Says:

Nole served so well today; 4 aces in a row in one game. Very nice.

In Tokyo, looking forward to Murray/Milos match. Mmmmm.

RZ Says:

Alison, I think you’re absolutely right – it’s Berdych’s attitude toward the other players that get him, with his whole cry-baby attitude toward Nico and being struck by the ball really being the last blow.

I like Baggy too but since it’s the Tokyo tournament, I’ll be rooting for Kei.

RZ Says:

^ Oops, that should be “get him to be so many’s least favorite”

RZ Says:

Gotta say that the newlywed men (Baggy and Melzer) have had pretty good weeks in their first tournament back.

racquet Says:

jane, I think Milos has a great chance this time if he serves well. The court plays faster than the USO and suits his game so well. Just hope Andy finds the same form as he had in the 4th rnd encounter.

racquet Says:

This is nice (and Kimberly will appreciate it), a shout from Miami Heat star Dwayne Wade to Andy:

racquet Says:


jane Says:

racquet, I see your point about the courts, but I still think Muzza will win. He was at his best in their last encounter.

Brando Says:


Thanks for the wade link- that was very nice of him.

Seems like a nice guy.

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