Nadal and Coria advance after rain delay

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 17 September, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 17 September, 2005, 12:00am

Rafael Nadal and Guillermo Coria wrapped up rain-delayed business from 24 hours earlier, with both seeds advancing to the quarter-finals of the China Open yesterday.

Success on court at the Beijing Tennis Centre means more work for the pair, with top seed Nadal hoping for a quick recovery after struggling for two hours, 31 minutes to subdue American Justin Gimelstob 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 in the second round. The teenage French Open champion struck 29 winners to easily overcome Gimelstob's 10 aces. But Nadal's losing first-set effort took 63 minutes - 10 more than it took Argentine second seed Coria to sweep Japanese lucky loser Toshihide Matsui 6-1, 6-0.

'It was a delight to see the hard-hitting young Spaniard come back from a set down and advance to the quarter-finals,' said tournament director Ekkehard Rathgeber.

'His win also means that all seven remaining seeds, after fifth seed Dominik Hrbaty withdrew with injury, are through to the quarter-finals,' he added.

Both Nadal and Coria were to have played on Thursday before wet weather wiped out the day's entire programme. They were forced to play their quarter-finals later yesterday with their intended opponents also playing and winning on a partly cloudy day.

Nadal, competing for the first time in China, will take on Peter Wessels, the Dutch world number 115 who ended the week's final Chinese challenge with a 6-1, 7-6 (11-9) defeat of Wang Yu Jnr.

Coria, who owns only one title this season (the Sopot Open in Poland), beat Zeng Shaoxuan in the first round on Monday.

Seventh-seeded 2004 finalist Mikhail Youzhny, beaten for last year's inaugural title by fellow Russian Marat Safin, stopped Thai Danai Udomchoke 7-5, 6-1 to move into a match-up against Coria.