Djokovic Rolls In Beijing Opener, Nadal Unimpressive, Ivanovic Beats Venus; Nishikori, Wawrinka In Tokyo Action
by Staff | October 6th, 2015, 5:19 pm

Four the Top 6 seeds were in action Tuesday in Beijing, and all four won in straight sets. Five-time champion Novak Djokovic improved his record at the event to 25-0 after pounding Simone Bolelli 6-1, 6-1.

“I thought I played on a very high level considering it’s my first official match after the US Open,” said Djokovic. “Obviously in the first matches you still don’t know how you’re going to start out. It takes time for you to adjust to the conditions and so forth.

“I came out with a great intensity, played some of my best tennis on this court, and managed to win against a player that I thought was playing well.”

Djokovic also teamed with brother Djordje to win their doubles opener.

Rafael Nadal also took the court, but struggled a bit with a 6-4, 6-4 win over local wildcard Di Wu. Nadal was broken in the second and had to further breakpoints to hold on for the win.

“(It) looked like the match was under control with 6-4, 1-0, but then the situation changed,” said Nadal. “I think I played little bit too much far away from the baseline. But is true the last three games of the match I was playing better. I hit some good forehands down the line and that’s why I finished the match well and with the victory.

Nadal now meets Canadian Vasek Pospisil.

“(I’m) practising well, the level of tennis going to be there sooner or later,” Nadal said. “I am working a lot to make that happen. I think I’m closer to that.

“I know it is obvious that I need results to confirm that, but we are almost at the end of this season and I have time to keep playing the last tournaments of the year with the chance to practise the things that I need to do for next year.”

David Ferrer and John Isner also won.

In the women’s event, Ana Ivanovic toppled Venus Williams 7-6, 6-2.

“I was very pleased overall, not only with the forehand but just with my game,” Ivanovic said. “I’ve been working really, really hard. Since Wimbledon, when I put the team in place, there have been some little changes here and there, but I feel like we’ve been working really hard.

“I knew it was coming, but it was just a matter of time putting it all together. And the last few days I’ve been doing it really well on the practice courts. I’m happy to transfer it into today’s match.

“It was an important match for me – it was a good one to win.”

Seeds Flavia Pennetta, Caroline Wozniacki, Angelique Kerber and Andrea Petkovic were also winners.

On tap Wednesday in Beijing, Nadal returns to face Pospisil, Kerber meets Wozniacki and Radwanska clashes with Keys.

In Tokyo, Stan Wawrinka opened up with a win over Radek Stepanek. No. 4 seed Richard Gasquet was bounced by Roberto Bautista Agut and Grigor Dimitrov continued his slump losing to Benoit Paire.

Kei Nishikori (v Querrey) and Wawrinka (v Ito) both are back tomorrow.

ATP – [WC] Y. Lu (TPE) vs V. Troicki (SRB)

Not Before 2:30 pm
WTA – [13] A. Petkovic (GER) vs S. Errani (ITA)
WTA – [4] A. Radwanska (POL) vs [14] M. Keys (USA)

Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA – [10] A. Kerber (GER) vs [8] C. Wozniacki (DEN)

Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – V. Pospisil (CAN) vs [3] R. Nadal (ESP)

LOTUS COURT start 12:30 pm
WTA – [Q] I. Falconi (USA) vs [5] G. Muguruza (ESP)

Not Before 2:30 pm
ATP – P. Cuevas (URU) vs [2] T. Berdych (CZE)
ATP – [4] D. Ferrer (ESP) vs L. Rosol (CZE)

Not Before 6:30 pm
WTA – [7] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs [12] T. Bacsinszky (SUI)

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13 Comments for Djokovic Rolls In Beijing Opener, Nadal Unimpressive, Ivanovic Beats Venus; Nishikori, Wawrinka In Tokyo Action

Daniel Says:

Nadal is safely winning versus Pops and will be in Quarters. Fognini plays Gogfin tomorrow, they could meet in semis. Berdych lost first round after title on delayd Monday. That could be an interesting match, new rivalry.

Djoko could face Quarters and Ferrer, who is back in his winning form, semis.

Margot Says:

Honestly, away from here for a second and suddenly a new hot player is on the scene.
Tell me Daniel is this “Gigfin” cove a lefty,a ball basher, a spin wizard, a mighty warrior,a double handed on fore and backhand, or what?…;)

JoAnn Says:

I really think Nadal will come back to the way he use to play. I never miss one of his match’s, still my favorite player.

chris ford1 Says:

Good picture of the Djokovic brothers in action. And they look pretty similar. 8 years apart.

Of course, next match is against Sock/Pospisil, the 2014 Wimbledon champs, so unlikely they progress. Becker is pushing Djokovic to play more doubles to hone his net play, which as most know, needs a lot of honing.
A couple of weeks ago, Djokovic and Nenad Zimonjic announced they will team up in doubles at RIO. So you may be seeing more doubles entries from Djokovic.

As for Djokovic’s younger brother, supposedly he has real tennis talent – not at Nole’s level – but enough to perhaps make the main Tour and climb up the rankings fairly far to low hundreds maybe in Top 100. But he is also bright and an excellent student that the family wanted to see how he took to university. Away from tennis except as time permitted with his course load. So his 1500th or so ranking reflects that absence from tournaments .

Okiegal Says:

@Margot 11:38…..Good one, Mar-Mar! :)

django Says:

C.f., what’s he studying and where?

Wog Boy Says:

django, I thinkg Djordje is thinking whether to quit tennis or not, this article might give you a hint about all three brothers:

django Says:

Haha he is Nole’s twin

Margot Says:

Great article about Jo Konta for her fans on here.
BTW when the LTA withdrew her funding and her Spanish team took a pay cut!
Am hoping she’s knocking on top 20 door next year.
Go Jo!

Gypsy Gal Says:

Thanks for the link Margot,i really love this girl,and i love how she relishes taking on the top player….

Margot Says:

She’s terrific isn’t she GG? And now she seems, thanks to Spanish “mental coach,” a lot better at serving it out. She has a very good serve too.
Think, if she’d kept her cool, she might’ve beaten Venus.

Gypsy Gal Says:

Margot yeah she is,she shouldve beaten Venus,like Heather should really have beaten Serena at Wimbledon,its between the ears sometimes….

Gypsy Gal Says:

^Moderation tennis-x,for the love of god why?most bizzare with some of the stuff you let through on this forum….

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