Novak Djokovic beat Simone Bolelli 6-1, 6-1, to improve his perfect record at the China Open to 25-0 on Tuesday, advancing into the second round, reported ESPN. While top ranked Djokovic “swept imperiously” to his 25th straight win in Beijing, Rafael Nadal stuttered to victory against the Chinese wild-card entry, Wu Di, 6-4, 6-4.
According to USA Today, Djokovic is also teaming up with his brother Djordje in doubles for the first time at an ATP Tour Event.
The out of form 14-time Grand Slam winner, Nadal, playing for the first time since his third round defeat in the US Open, had a far from satisfying return in the first round. At one time, Nadal seemed to be cruising against his former ball boy and 230-ranked Wu, “but Wu broke right back, and then twice more before Nadal was finally able to serve it out”, notes ESPN.
“I think I played little bit too…far away from the baseline,” Nadal said. “The last three games of the match I was playing better. I hit some good forehands down the line and that’s why I finished well.”
U.S. Open champion Flavia Pennetta of Italy also advanced to the third round, winning 3-6, 6-0, 6-4 over Teliana Pereira of Brazil, in the women’s singles. The other results that followed are eighth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark defeated Chinese wild-card entry Wang Qiang 7-5, 6-0, and 10th-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany beat Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 6-1, 6-4.
According to the U.S. Embassy’s real time air quality index, air pollution in Beijing reached hazardous levels which is a matter of concern. “The pollution, I think we’re used to it when we play here,” Wozniacki said, “You know, we just play. We just play.”