Zhang Ze said he took inspiration from Grand Slam-winner Li Na after a record-breaking run which raised hopes that China's struggling men could finally emerge from the shadows of their women's tennis stars.
Zhang Ze hits a return to Germany's Florian Mayer during his quarter-final at the China Open on Friday. Mayer went on to win 6-3, 6-4.
The world number 165 made history this week when he became the first Chinese man ever to beat a top 20 player, with a three-sets win over Richard Gasquet which put him into the China Open quarter-finals.
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