Beijing R2 previews and picks: Nadal vs. Kohlschreiber, Fognini vs. Hewitt

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Rafael Nadal will continue his Beijing campaign on Wednesday against familiar foe Philipp Kohlschreiber. Fabio Fognini and Lleyton Hewitt are also looking for a spot in the quarterfinals.

Philipp Kohlschreiber vs. (2) Rafael Nadal

Kohlschreiber and Nadal will be squaring off for the 12th time in their careers at the ATP level and for the third time this season when they clash in round two of the China Open on Wednesday night. They just faced each other in the last 16 at the U.S. Open, where Nadal bounced back from a set deficit to prevail 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-3, 6-1. The Spaniard dominated their clay-court encounter in Monte-Carlo 6-2, 6-4. Nadal is 6-0 against Kohlschreiber on hard courts. The German’s lone victory in the series came via a 6-3, 6-4 decision last summer on the grass courts of Halle.

Nadal opened on Tuesday in Beijing with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over…

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