CHINA OPEN 2013
Gasquet Sets Ferrer QF Clash
by ATP Staff|
Gasquet trails Ferrer 2-8 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, but beat the Spaniard in their last match in five sets in the US Open quarter-finals. Both are in a strong position to qualify for the season finale in London, with Ferrer in fourth position in the Emirates ATP Race to London and Gasquet in ninth.
Gasquet kept up his recent good form, defeating Bernard Tomic 7-6(2), 6-4. Gasquet had lost to Tomic in the Wimbledon third round earlier this year, but avenged that defeat as he converted three of his 15 break point chances to claim victory in one hour and 39 minutes. He goes on to face either third seed David Ferrer or Marinko Matosevic.
"I think I played solid," said Gasquet. "Bernard is a very good player; it's always difficult to play him. We played a lot of rallies, so it was tough. The key to the match was the tie-break, it was very important for me to win it. I had more confidence in the second set and I'm very happy."
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The Frenchman has performed consistently well throughout the year and has hit top form at just the right time as he looks to boost his bid to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for the first time since 2007. He came into Beijing on the back of his second Grand Slam semi-final at the US Open (l. to Nadal) and a semi-final showing at the Thailand Open (l. to Raonic) in Bangkok.
Third seed Ferrer fought back from a set down to beat Australian Marinko Matosevic 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 in the last match of the day. "I tried my best,” said Ferrer, who was broken three times in the first set. “I tried to fight and forget the first set because I played very badly. Finally in the second and the third, I played better with my serve and more confidence on my forehand.”
Ferrer is chasing his third ATP World Tour title of the season and improved to a 49-16 mark. He reached the final in Beijing in 2010, finishing runner-up to Novak Djokovic. The Spaniard acknowledged he would need to improve in a quarter-final clash with Gasquet, though. “I definitely need to improve my game to win against him tomorrow. If I play like tonight, it's going to be difficult to beat him."
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Nestor/Paes Reach Semis
Top seeds Daniel Nestor and Leander Paes reached the semi-finals with a 7-6(8), 6-3 victory over David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco. The Canadian/Indian duo broke serve four times for victory in 83 minutes. The 40-year-old Paes is looking to win Beijing for the second time, having lifted the trophy in 1997 with Mahesh Bhupathi.
Max Mirnyi and Horia Tecau are through to the final. The Belarusian/Romanian duo defeated Brits Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray 6-4, 7-6(3) in the quarter-finals and then received a semi-final walkover when the team of Novak Djokovic and Stanislas Wawrinka was forced to withdraw, with Wawrinka citing a right leg injury. Mirnyi and Tecau are bidding to win their third title of the season and push their bid to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.