Murray Drops 3 Games In Beijing; Nadal Returns Thurs Plus Dimitrov-Pouille, Wozniacki-Radwanska

by Sean Randall | October 5th, 2016, 4:45 pm

Andy Murray’s Asian swing if off to a good start in Beijing. In the first round he blitzed Andreas Seppi and earlier today he buried Andrey Kuznetsov 6-2, 6-1.

Recall Murray came up a bit lame at the end of his Davis Cup win over Guido Pella last month. But the Scot says he’s doing much better now.

“I felt fine when I came here. I trained for a couple of days before coming to test it out. No problem. I’ve been moving well,” Murray said. “Actually felt quite quick on the court, which sometimes when you take a break, maybe takes a little bit of time to get that sharpness back.

“But I think that’s what my body needed at that stage of the season, after the amount of tennis I played. I needed some time away. I’ve gotten up to speed quite quickly again.”

Murray will get qualifier and countryman Kyle Edmund on Friday.

David Ferrer also advanced and notably Alex Zverev continued to shine thumping Jack Sock 6-4, 6-2. For a young kid playing well at the end of the season, that’s really impressive.

Richard Gasquet beat Sam Querrey in three and another American went down as Grigor Dimitrov edged Steve Johnson 7-5, 6-7(9), 6-4.

After a rough early summer, Dimitrov is turning things around and tomorrow will face 2016 breakout star Lucas Pouille.

The women are also in Beijing – actually, they are the headliners! – and today top ranked Angelique Kerber was a winner along with her opponent in the US Open final, Karolina Pliskova.

Madison Keys and the red hot Petra Kvitova were also winners. Kvitova beat down defending champion Garbine Muguruza 6-1, 6-4 to win her 8th straight match.

Tomorrow, Agnieszka Radwanska and Caroline Wozniacki meet for what I believe is the third straight week. Karolina Pliskova collides with Jo Konta, Simona Halep is back and Kerber faces Elina Svitolina.

For the men, former champion Rafael Nadal returns against fellow lefty Adrian Mannarino.

WTA – [3] A. Radwanska (POL) vs C. Wozniacki (DEN)
WTA – [1] A. Kerber (GER) vs [16] E. Svitolina (UKR)

Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – [6] L. Pouille (FRA) vs G. Dimitrov (BUL)

Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA – S. Zhang (CHN) vs [4] S. Halep (ROU)

Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – [Q] A. Mannarino (FRA) vs [2] R. Nadal (ESP)

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26 Comments for Murray Drops 3 Games In Beijing; Nadal Returns Thurs Plus Dimitrov-Pouille, Wozniacki-Radwanska

J-Kath Says:

For Rafa Fans:

Strikes me as a reasonably measured article.

J-Kath Says:

Konta beat Pliskova in 3 sets.

elina Says:

Hope Roger comes back soon. God, it’s killing him.

Danie Says:

Dimi beat Pouille, nice win for him beating an in form player. Tomorrow Nadal

Raonic will have to play two matches tomorrow due to rain and schedule. Gasquet also will have to finish his as well.

With Tokyo kei and Berdych out, opens up for Cilic to make a move if he wants to qualify for London and Monfils to cement his place as well. Kyrgios also in QF.

jalep Says:

For JKath.
Jo Konta beating Karolina Pliskova for the first time to make Beijing QF’s:

Willow Says:

Thanks for the highlights Jalep, nice win for our Brit gal, although im sorry for Pliskova though ;-)) ….

jalep Says:

My pleasure, Willow.
And here’s what awaits Jo Konta. Eek! The Simona killer. Why Simona, why?. Qualifier Zheng knocked Halep out of AO 2016 Round ONE, as you might remember!

Margot Says:

I was keeping pace with you….just, but now my bracket has crashed and burned.
Angeeeeee, how could you? :(

jalep Says:

It’s really okay for Karolina — she already qualified for Singapore ;) She can relax and get ready for her WTF Singapore.

jalep Says:

Right, Margot. Which means my bracket crashed and burned too! I picked Angie to win Beijing.

But different from you, I picked Petra to the final and I’m afraid she’s not going to have enough left in the tank for Madison Keys.

Terrible that Simona lost to Zheng again, tho!

jalep Says:

Really like having your bracket – jalep wildguess is officially a ‘group’ 😎

jalep Says:

Edit: Zhang, not Zheng. It’s Shuai Zhang or Zhang Shuai

Margot Says:

Jalep, I saw a bit of Simona’s match. She was moidered in the first set but I left her coming back strongly in the 2nd and look what happened! I can’t leave her on her own for a second.
Angie faded after the AO too didn’t she. She’s made a huge effort to get to 1 and probably needs some R and R. And Mugu!!! What is up with her. Not another Ana Ivanovic I hope. RG did for her too.
Two is a fab, exclusive group BTW :)

jalep Says:

She was moidered… That’s a good description. Possibly Shuai Zhang is still in her head. No, you can’t leave her for a second and where was Coach Cahill when you need him? (just kidding)
Yap. Angie faded for about 6 weeks, which included losing Fed Cup. She seemed back in Miami but went under again until Wimbledon. Tough loss for her to Monica Puig at the Olympics but she bounced back nicely andlooked very strong last week in Wuhan until she ran into Petra!

I’ll give Elina Svitolina credit for beating Angie. Elina is a fearless 22 yr. old.

What’s up with Mugu? Her posture and expression said defeated when she took the court vs Petra. Mugu is a hard case – many times she seems to hate tennis. Although, when Petra is ON, she’s just better than anyone, bar Serena. Anyway about Mugu: I don’t know. Doesn’t appear physical – she seemed okay first and second round.

And you are 5 points ahead of me ;)
Shanghai ATP next week…don’t miss the deadline if you want in on it! My ATP bracket for Tokyo ranks right down there at the bottom of the bottom. Beijing is hanging in there because I picked an Andy and Rafa final.

J-Kath Says:


I like Pilskova – but guess I’m routing for Konta as she seems to be the only Brit. female that one can rely on.

AndyMira Says:

I can’t believe it!Both rafa and Dimi are in very generous mood today..Dimi said”Rafa bro,here take it,i’m happily give it to you and Rafa who is known for his generosity and kind attitude saying back”Oh thank you so much mate,but i will feel very guilty if i do that,’that’s okay..just keep it..please!i’m begging you!!”..

Daniel Says:

In the past Dimi used to play Nadal tough, even tough he loses. Now first set in the bag, 6-2. Let’s see if he can goes one step further and win today.

Also Raonic won first set 6-4 after serving for a 6-2 set.

Daniel Says:

After 2-2 first set is 6-0 Dimi.

Daniel Says:

Dimi does it.
Another HC tourney for Nadal without a title.
He will play Shangai next week, Basel, Paris and London. If he doesn’t win neither of those (all he havenever won before), he will enter Doha 2017 with 3 years without a HC title.

Plus he will have to work to qualify for London. Monfils can win Tokyo and separate himself for him.

AndyMira Says:

@Daniel..You’re right,Rafa sure has to work very hard to qualify for London..he’s already dropped 210 points in Beijing..and based on his ‘unsure’ perfomance here,i think he will drop points in Shanghai as well..he has to get to SF to retain his 360 points there..Also in Basel,he has to get to the Final to retain his 300 points runner up..Although,in Paris he has only 180 points to defend..But,things not looking good for Rafa atm,honestly..

Okiegal Says:

Tennis is so fickle….that is all I can say…….

skeezer Says:

“Tennis is so fickle”
That’s Rafa!

Okiegal Says:

@Skeezer…..Thanks for acknowledging my comment! Anything Rafa always brings you out of those giant redwoods in the Golden State…….that I can always count on!! πŸ˜πŸŽΎπŸ‚

Giles Says:

Tennis is so fickle, yes indeed. Who would have thought fed would be out for the rest of the year. Poor guy, no WTF for him.

Willow Says:

Okie didnt see the match because of work, no expectations anymore with Rafa, just happy to watch him play, and see what happens ….

Okiegal Says:

@Willow…..Yes, me too. He played so good his first match and today’s match was sucky. But all credit to Grigor he played a fantastic match. Rafa served so well in his first two matches and today’s serve was off. Gregory won most of the long rallies…..yep he was off……..bad day at the office…….Grrr 😠😠😠😠 But a big VAMOS anyway!

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