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UPDATE 3-Tennis-Nadal gets morale booster at China Open

9/14/2005 - Tennis

(Adds Moya win, Nalbandian quotes)

By Alastair Himmer

BEIJING, Sept 14 - Top seed Rafael Nadal gave
himself a confidence-booster with a 6-2 6-4 victory over
Taiwan's Wang Yeu-tzuoo in the first round of the China Open on
Wednesday.

Fellow Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero beat Russia's Dmitry
Tursunov 6-4 7-6 in a second round clash to become the first man
to reach the quarter-finals.

Sixth seed Ferrero will meet Argentina's David Nalbandian in
the next round after the third seed overpowered Israel's Amir
Hadad 6-4 6-0.

World number two Nadal looked sharp in his first match since
his third round exit at the U.S. Open, the 19-year-old
triumphing in a shade under 90 minutes on his first appearance
in Asia.

"My confidence was low after I lost (to American James
Blake) in New York," Nadal said. "But it wasn't very complicated
today. I took my chances early and set the tone."

He added: "I didn't play great but I did enough to win. I
lost focus a bit in the second set but only because it was too
easy. A few wins will quickly get my confidence level back."

Nadal, bidding for his 10th title of the year, will play
American Justin Gimelstob next. Nadal has already qualified for
the season-ending Masters Cup in Shanghai.

Former world number one Ferrero had too much guile for
Tursunov, the man who ended Briton Tim Henman's Wimbledon dream
this year.

Tursunov squandered two set points at 5-5 in the second set
and then a 4-1 lead in the tiebreak evaporated as Ferrero
rattled off six straight points to clinch victory.

Nalbandian advanced to his second straight quarter-final
after reaching the last eight of the U.S. Open with a crushing
victory over Hadad.

The world number nine put the Israeli qualifier out of his
misery following a one-sided second set with a thumping backhand
down the line after just 50 minutes.

"I missed a few chances to break in the first set which was
frustrating," said Nalbandian. "But once I broke to go up 5-4 it
all started to go perfectly for me."

Eighth seed Carlos Moya fought back from a set down to beat
Austria's Stefan Koubek 3-6 6-3 6-2 to become the second
Spaniard to reach the quarter-finals.