Djokovic, Nadal through in China Open

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Rafael Nadal had his serve bro­ken four times by one of his for­mer ball boys be­fore pro­gress­ing to the sec­ond round of the China Open.

The world num­ber eight beat China’s 230th-ranked Wu Di 6-4, 6-4 in his first match since be­ing knocked out in the third round of the US Open last month.

Top seed Novak Djokovic im­proved his per­fect record in Bei­jing to 25-0 by beat­ing Ital­ian Si­mone Bolelli 6-1. 6-1.

His win­ning run started in 2009, when he won the first of five China ti­tles.

Nadal dropped three straight games on his serve in the sec­ond set against the wild­card, who once tossed him balls and Shang­hai.

“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,’ said the 29-year-old Spa­niard.

Nadal will play Canada’s Vasek Pospisil in the sec­ond round while Djokovic faces Aus­tralian qual­i­fier John Mill­man.

In the women’s event, US Open cham­pion Flavia Pen­netta of Italy ral­lied to ad­vance to the third round with a 3-6, 6-0, 6-4 win over Brazil­ian Teliana Pereira.

Eighth seed Caro­line Woz­ni­acki of Den­mark de­feated Chi­nese wild­card en­try Wang Qiang 7-5, 6-0.

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Novak Djokovic of Ser­bia and his brother Djordje Djokovic celebrate af­ter win­ning a point dur­ing their first round men’s dou­bles match against Gong Maoxin from China and Michael Venus from New Zealand at the China Open ten­nis tour­na­ment in Bei­jing yesterday. PHOTO AFP

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