10/5/12 3:38 PM | Ricky Dimon
Novak Djokovic makes quick work of Jurgen Melzer on Friday in Beijing. Next up for Djokovic is a semifinal against Florian Mayer.
Novak Djokovic needed a mere 53 minutes to destroy Jurgen Melzer 6-1, 6-2 in the quarterfinals of the China Open on Friday evening. Djokovic converted all four of his break chances and saved both of the break points he faced to set up a meeting with Florian Mayer.
Melzer, who came back from two sets down to stun Djokovic at the 2010 French Open, held his first service game for 1-1 in the opening set but from there it was all downhill. Djokovic's roll began when he won four consecutive points at 2-1, punctuated by a backhand return winner. The top-seeded Serb broke again for 5-1 then served things out at love one game later.
Djokovic was extended to three sets after winning the first against Michael Berrer in round one, but he put the clamps down against Melzer. The world No. 2 raced to a 4-0 lead in the second before his opponent finally took care of two meaningless service games. Djokovic eventually finished off the proceedings to 15 at 5-2, capitalizing on his first match point with a forehand volley winner.
Melzer wrapped up his effort with three aces and no double-faults. The 31-year-old Austrian was doomed by a failure to win second-serve points (35 percent).
Mayer, meanwhile, booked his spot in the semis by ending Ze Zhang's run 6-3, 6-4. Zhang, a Chinese wild card who stunned Richard Gasquet in the quarterfinals, led 4-2 in the second but dropped four straight games. Mayer, 0-2 lifetime against Djokovic, saved 10 of 11 break points.
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