Tennis: Novak Djokovic lies in wait for Sheffield’s Marray

Jonny Marray, right, and playing partner Colin Fleming.
Jonny Marray, right, and playing partner Colin Fleming.
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World No 1 Novak Djokovic is a potential semi-final opponent for Sheffield’s Jonny Marray after he and partner Colin Fleming won today at the China Open in Beijing.

Marray and Fleming, playing together for the first time since their quarter-final appearance at the US Open earlier this month, beat Philip Kohlschreiber and Mikhail Youzhny 7-6(8) 4-7 10-7 to move into the last eight.

Djokovic and doubles partner Stanislas Wawrinka overcame Mahesh Bhupathi and Robert Lindstedt for their quarter-final berth.

The British pair will face the winners of Max Mirnyi and Horia Tecau or Julien Benneteau Nenad Zimonjic - who are in action on Wednesday - while Djokovic and Wawrinka will play German duo Tommy Haas and Florian Mayer.

Marray said he was pleased with the victory but thinks he and Fleming can improve: “Obviously we’re happy with the win.

“It’s not our best performance but for my first match after the US Open I was really happy with the way we hung in there and turned it around in the super tie break.

“We’re happy to be in the tournament now and hoping for an improvement in our next round.”

The China Open is an ATP 500 Series event with $164,580 for the winning pair. Marray and Fleming will complete their Far East trip with the Masters Series tournament in Shanghai next week before returning to Europe.

Further tournaments in Basel or Valencia and the final Masters of the year in Paris are planned before the season finishes.

Although qualification for the end of year World Tour Finals in London isn’t mathematically impossible Marray said it wasn’t on his mind.

“It’d be very difficult to make it now. I’ve not worked out what we’d need to do but we’re just concentrating on the next match ahead.

“London isn’t something we’re focusing on right now. There’s still a lot of tennis to be played this year so we’re looking to finish the year strong.”

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