Beijing, China (Sports Network) - World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and third-seeded
Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga were a pair of easy quarterfinal winners Friday
at the $2.2 million China Open.
The two-time Beijing champion Djokovic drubbed struggling Austrian left-hander
Jurgen Melzer 6-1, 6-2 in a mere 53 minutes on the hardcourts at the National
Tennis Centre. The Serbian star swatted 12 aces and was not broken on Day 5.
Djokovic was the back-to-back China Open champion in 2009 and 2010. He
also captured this year's Australian Open and was the runner-up at the 2012
French and U.S. Opens.
The five-time Grand Slam titlist Djokovic's semifinal opponent on Saturday
will be German Florian Mayer, who handled Chinese wild card Ze Zhang 6-3, 6-4.
Djokovic is 2-0 lifetime against Mayer, including a quarterfinal victory at
Wimbledon in July.
The other semifinal will pit the world No. 7 Tsonga against Spanish southpaw
Feliciano Lopez. Tsonga cruised past Russian Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-2, while
Lopez came from behind to bounce 6-foot-6 American Sam Querrey 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Lopez and Querrey combined for 22 aces, including 12 by the winner.
Tsonga is 4-0 lifetime versus Lopez, including a victory at the London Olympic
Games this past summer.
The 2012 Beijing champ will earn $530,570.
The Sports Network