10/3/12 3:04 PM | Ricky Dimon
Novak Djokovic makes quick work of Carlos Berlocq on Wednesday in Beijing. Next up for Djokovic is Jurgen Melzer, who held off Alexandr Dolgopolov.
(1) Novak Djokovic d. Carlos Berlocq 6-1, 6-3
Djokovic needed three sets to get through his first-round match against Michael Berrer at the China Open, but it was a much different story on Wednesday night. The top-seeded Serb blasted Berlocq in one hour and 14 minutes to book a quarterfinal spot. It was reminiscent--at least until the very end--of their only previous encounter, in which Djokovic surrendered only two games in a 6-0, 6-0, 6-2 blowout at the 2011 U.S. Open.
Berlocq earned four games in this one, holding serve down 3-0 in the first set and winning three games out of nowhere after trailing 5-0 in the second. The 50th-ranked Argentine saved match points in all three games while breaking Djokovic twice, at 0-5 and 2-5. Berlocq had a game point for 4-5, but he could not convert and eventually double-faulted on match point. Djokovic finished with 25 winners and 12 unforced errors to go along with five aces and two double-faults.
Jurgen Melzer d. (6) Alexandr Dolgopolov 7-6(9), 2-6, 6-1
Melzer won back-to-back matches for the first time since capturing the Memphis title way back in February, as he held off Dolgopolov in one hour and 47 minutes to reach the Beijing quarterfinals. The 37th-ranked Austrian failed to capitalize on any of three break points in the first set, but he managed to win a wild tiebreaker nine points to seven. Dolgopolov fought back in the second, breaking twice before serving it out at 5-2.
However, the sixth-seeded Ukrainian has also been slumping and it was all over for him when he dropped serve early in the decider. Dolgopolov showed no signs of getting back into it mentally and Melzer put the clamps down. The 31-year-old surrendered a mere two points in his last four service games. Melzer won 84 percent of his first-serve points and he withstood 13 Dolgopolov aces.
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