World No. 2 Novak Djokovic outplayed Argentina’s Carlos Berlocq to reach the quarterfinal of the China Open on Wednesday.
The Serbian top seed needed 25 minutes to take the first set in a 6-1, 6-3 defeat of the world No. 50.
Djokovic faces Juergen Melzer of Austria, who dispatched sixth seed Alexander Dolgopolov of Ukraine 7-6(9), 2-6, 6-1 earlier on Wednesday, in the quarterfinal.
In the women’s draw, reigning champion Agnieszka Radwanska battled past qualifier Lourdes Dominguez Lino to set up a quarterfinal with either Li Na or Peng Shuai.
The Polish third seed hit four double faults and lost her serve six times in a 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory over the Spaniard.
Elsewhere, ninth seed Marion Bartoli of France beat Germany’s Julia Goerges 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) to set up a last-eight meeting with Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain.
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The main event of the third day of the 11th meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi was the closing session with President Vladimir Putin. The atmosphere was calm and open, despite the current political tensions and the Russia-West confrontation. The Russian president said that it corresponded to the spirit of the Valdai Club.