Some good solid tennis from both ends of the net -and it's the unseeded Spanish pair of Rafael Nadal and Pablo Carrena Busta who oust Rohan Bopanna and Daniel Nestor, third seeds in China, from the tournament.
Rafael Nadal and Pablo Carreno Busta beat Rohan Bopanna and Daniel Nestor 7-6, 6-4.
Into the net it goes - and that's the end of the match!
Nestor and Bopanna aren't backing down just yet! from 0-40, scores are now at 30-40!
Some beautiful winners off the racquet of Nadal and the crowd are absolutely loving it! It's now the third match point for Nadal and Carreno Busta.
A spinning hold from Carreno Busta goes careening into the net and gives Bopanna and Nestor the game!
Hawk-eye is active today! Bopanna and Nestor are looking for game point here in the second set and they're about to hold to love!
Time for some Led Zeppelin, perhaps? Communication Breakdown!
Oops! A near-collision for Bopanna and Nestor right there. They narrowly avoid hitting each other.
That's a game held to love for Bopanna and Nestor. Crowd support looks to be firmly with Nadal on this one, though the actual match is nowhere near as one-sided!
Nadal and Carenno Busta hold serve to build on their break and take a 2-1 lead. Time for a fight back from the third seeds!
A quick forehand volley bisecting Busta and Nadal ends that rally - and gives Bopanna and Nestor the point!
Bopanna and Nestor are broken back - but that's a brilliant rally from everyone nevertheless, finished off in emphatic fashion by the Indian ace.
And that's the first break of the match so far! Great shot from Nestor and the Indo-Canadian pair lead in the second set.
Carreno Busta and Nadal on serve in the second set - and scores are tied at 30-30. It's been a good contest so far!
Fun fact - Nadal may meet young Frenchman Lucas Pouille in the quarter-finals of the China Open barring any upsets - the same Lucas Pouille who ousted him from the US Open this year!
First set to Rafael Nadal and Pablo Carreno Busta on the tiebreak, 7-6
Rohan Bopanna's not cowing down, either! He's running across court quickly and his sharp reflexes combat a shot off Carreno Busta to take the point! They're trailing 3-6 to the Spanish pair, however.
That was a terrific forehand volley from Pablo Carreno Busta! Placement, speed all perfectly controlled to give the Spaniards a 4-2 lead in the tiebreak.
Back up a mini-break are the Spanish pair; a couple of well placed shots give them a 3-2 lead!
A mishit from Rohan Bopanna there goes very long to give the Spanish pair a 2-0 lead as they go up a mini-break of serve - but he manages to break them right back! It's 2-1 to Nadal and Carreno Busta in the tiebreak.
Nadal slices and then returns to Bopanna with a shot that was ON THE LINE, as a certain John McEnroe would say. An accurate backhand that you really couldn't teach.
The Spanish pair keep the fight alive! Scores are level at 5-5 after deciding and game point is taken by Nadal and Carreno Busta.