CHINA OPEN 2012
Chinese Wild Card Zhang Stuns Gasquet; Youzhny Dismisses Anderson
by ATP Staff|
Chinese wild card Ze Zhang closed a gap of 151 places in the South African Airways ATP Rankings on Thursday in Beijing as he stunned No. 14-ranked Richard Gasquet 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to reach the China Open quarter-finals.
The 22-year-old Zhang is through to the first ATP World Tour quarter-final of his career after recording his sixth win. He claimed his first win over a Top 20 player as he rallied from a 0-2 deficit in the third set, taking all three of his break points and hitting six aces. The right-hander, who is China’s highest-ranked male player at World No. 165, has won two Futures titles this season and compiled a 16-12 record on the ATP Challenger Tour.
"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 fifth-seeded Gasquet saw his winning streak come to an end, having won the Thailand Open title last week in Bangkok (d. Simon). The 26-year-old Frenchman dropped to a 38-19 match record on the season.
"I had chances to win this match and I made bad mistakes," admitted Gasquet, who led 2-0 in the final set. "He's talented. He plays aggressive and fast, and at the end he played better than me. I didn't play my best match, but it happens and it's because he's talented. He deserves this victory."
Feliciano Lopez defeated Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei 6-3, 7-6(7). The Spaniard fired 10 aces and broke serve three times as he prevailed in one hour and 32 minutes. The left-hander has a 22-22 match record on the season.
Lopez goes onto face American Sam Querrey, who fired six aces and broke serve three times as he dismissed Italy’s Andreas Seppi 6-1, 6-4 in 66 minutes. World No. 26 Querrey improved to a 31-21 match record as he reached his sixth ATP World Tour quarter-final of the season. He went onto win his seventh ATP World Tour title at the Farmers Classic in Los Angeles (d. Berankis).
World No. 28 Mikhail Youzhny advanced to the Beijing quarter-finals for the fourth time in five visits as he dismissed South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-3. The Russian, who was runner-up at this ATP World Tour 500 hard-court tournament in 2004 (l. to Safin), converted four of his five break point chances and denied Anderson on four of the five opportunities he created for victory in one hour and 32 minutes.
The 30-year-old Youzhny improved to a 29-16 match record on the season. This week he is bidding to win his second ATP World Tour title of the year, having won his eighth career crown at the PBZ Zagreb Indoors (d. Lacko) in February. Youzhny’s next test will be a quarter-final clash with third-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.