Florian Mayer defeats local favourite Zhang Ze in China Open quarter-finals

Last Updated: 05/10/12 4:16pm

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Florian Mayer: Too strong for Zhang Ze in Beijing

Florian Mayer: Too strong for Zhang Ze in Beijing

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Florian Mayer has ended wildcard Zhang Ze's fairytale run at the China Open quarter-final stage with a straight-sets win.

Zhang, ranked 165th in the world, made history in the last 16 when he became the first Chinese man ever to beat a top 20 player, taking out France's Richard Gasquet.

His defeat of the Frenchman, ranked 14th, also meant Zhang was the first men's player from China to reach the quarter-final of an ATP event since Pan Bing made the semi-finals in Seoul in 1995.

But matching Pan's 17-year-old mark proved a step too far for Zhang, with world number 29 Mayer winning 6-3 6-4 to book a semi-final date with Novak Djokovic.

Djokovic, defending champion at the event, raced to a 6-1 6-2 triumph in just 53 minutes over Jurgen Melzer as he bids to end the year as world No.1.

"The serve was great tonight," he said. "It's one of the best serving matches I have had in my career, so that's a positive sign."

Also on Friday, third seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Mikhail Youzhny 6-3 6-2 to reach the semi-finals, where he will face Spain's Feliciano Lopez, who beat American Sam Querrey 4-6 6-4 6-4.

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