Andy Murray was impressed with Zhang Zhizhen's performance in Beijing. As was Dominic Thiem, who said the Chinese player is likely to crack top 100 rankings. Zhizhen said: "It was nice to hear those comments. Out of these past matches, I think I have recognized my own performance and I think that boosted my confidence."
On his loss to Dominic Thiem, Zhizhen added: "I was very nervous, of course. Before I entered the court, I was very nervous. Well, it was a big court. I thought I would pay attention to the spectators. However, when I was in court, I only focused on my match.
But at first, I was a little bit nervous. The first five minutes when I was warming up, my serve was long in the first game, so I was very nervous. I have enough matches. Last year I lost many matches, but I still played enough matches.
Because I play that many matches, more or less the same. In terms of funding, it's adequate I would say, not lacking, but it was enough. It was enough. It was enough for me." Asked if he plans to get associated to more sponsors, Zhizhen concluded: "If anyone is interested, I'm fine.
But it's out of my scope. It has to go to my manager, I think. I don't think they would go directly to me. I would refer them to my manager." Murray and Thiem will play the quarter-finals in Beijing on Friday.