Novak Djokovic digs deep to beat Fernando Verdasco in China

Novak DjokovicNovak Djokovic of Serbia returns a shot during his match against Fernando Verdasco of Spain at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing October 3, 2013. The Chinese characters read "Beijing." (REUTERS)

Top seed Novak Djokovic overcame a second set meltdown to beat Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 7-5 2-6 6-2 and reach the quarter-finals of the China Open on Thursday, keeping alive his hopes of clinging on to his world number one ranking.

The defending champion, aiming for his fourth China Open title in five years after missing the 2011 tournament through injury, will lose the top spot next week if Spaniard Rafa Nadal reaches the final in Beijing.

In the quarter-finals, the Serb will face American Sam Querrey, who caused an upset by defeating sixth-seed Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3 7-6 (2) in 76 minutes.

Djokovic, 26, wasted an early break of serve in the first set and had to wait for the final game to break Verdasco again and seal the opener.

Using his forehand to great effect Verdasco fought back, breaking Djokovic's serve twice in the second set to take the Serb into a centre court decider.

Reigning Australian Open champion Djokovic, without a title since the Monte Carlo Masters in April, quickly re-established his superiority to snuff out any chance of a shock.

Please read our terms of use before posting comments
TERMS OF USE: The views, opinions and comments posted are your, and are not endorsed by this website. You shall be solely responsible for the comment posted here. The website reserves the right to delete, reject, or otherwise remove any views, opinions and comments posted or part thereof. You shall ensure that the comment is not inflammatory, abusive, derogatory, defamatory &/or obscene, or contain pornographic matter and/or does not constitute hate mail, or violate privacy of any person (s) or breach confidentiality or otherwise is illegal, immoral or contrary to public policy. Nor should it contain anything infringing copyright &/or intellectual property rights of any person(s).
comments powered by Disqus