Rafael Nadal played better today to beat Vasek Pospisil 7/6(3) 6/4 after one hour and 47 minutes. The Spaniard and the Canadian had never met before today. In the 5th game Nadal was up 40-0, then made double faults and some forehand errors, but he holds anyway.
Pospisil saved some break points taking advantage of his power on serve. On 5-5 Nadal plays very short, didn't find depth, Pospisil plays inside the court but didn't convert a crucial break point. In the next game Pospisil made a disastrer at first: forehand unforced errors, volleying errors but despite all this, holds the serve game.
In the tie-break when matters Nadal played freely, without pressure and makes the difference. After 1 hour and 3 mins, he took the 1st set where Pospisil made 15 unforced errors and Nadal won 81% 1st serve points. In the 2nd set Pospisil kept playing good and horrible shots.
On 2-2 at first an ace, then a double fault and another forehand under the net that cost him the break. Nadal managed the advantage and achieved the match without many problems. Nadal made 10 winners and 11 unforced errors, while Pospisil hit 27 winners and 16 unforced errors.
Rafa won 76% 1st serve points and put many 1st serves IN. This is certainly a good signal. The world no. 8 will play Jack Sock in the quarter-final, on Friday. The American will be another tough opponent on these courts. Sock beat Andreas Haider-Maurer without any problems, showing an excellent tennis and great fitness.
Tomas Berdych came back in Beijing. But he came back to play badly and lose his match. After his victory in Shenzhen, the Czech lost his match against Pablo Cuevas in Beijing, with the final result of 6-4 6-4.
Ye-Hsun Lu defeated Victor Troicki in straight sets. Ivo Karlovic won his match against Guillermo Garcia Lopez in two tight sets: 7-5 7-6. David Ferrer reached the quarter-finals after beating Lukas Rosol in straight sets thus extending his good momentum.
ATP 500 BEIJING - SECOND ROUND RESULTS Y.H Lu b. V. Troicki 6-4 7-5 P. Cuevas b. T. Berdych 6-4 6-4 J. Sock b. A. Hider-Maurer 6-3 6-1 I. Karlovic b. G. Garcia Lopez 7-5 7-6 D. Ferrer b. L. Rosol 7-6(5) 6-2 R. Nadal d.
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