Beijing’s top three seeds have dominated the tournament for nearly a decade.
Rafael Nadal (left) is now ranked eighth while Novak Djokovic is the world No. 1. He also reached the final in 2013. In the second establish, Nadal bestowed upon… But every year that the Serb has played here, beginning in 2009, he has won-five titles and counting.
In the second set, the Uzbek would improve his play and takes charge.
Wu looked on course to force a deciding set when he roared into a 3-1 lead in the second.
Top seed Djokovic maintained his impressive unbeaten record in the Chinese capital, winning his 25th straight match there in the one-hour, 11-minute encounter with Bolelli.
And Belgium’s David Goffin was drawn against the Italian Andreas Seppi.
Now he said the old confidence was coming back and he pledged to use his final tournaments of the year as preparation for next season.
“I just feel like a more complete person and player. I believe that sooner or later I will be playing at a very high level again”.
“I think I played little bit too… far away from the baseline”, Nadal said. After Bolelli fought off three break points in the next game, Djokovic finally clicked on his fourth opportunity to break for 2-1. One can only imagine what he might achieve this autumn.
Rafael Nadal is also through to the second round, but the Spaniard did not have things all his own way against wildcard Wu Di.
While Nadal has endured his most hard season, Novak Djokovic is having his finest. “I watched the videos of him and knew his tactics”, he said.
“I think you need to ask Rafael”, Uncle Toni told AFP while promoting Rafa’s new academy.
The Chinese player would find his game though, and with the support of the home crowd would play better and a heavy forehand victor helps turn the tide.