Nadal overcomes Dimitrov to make Shanghai Masters semi

Kristopher Nichols
October 14, 2017

RAFAEL Nadal has continued to scythe his way through the Shanghai Masters, reaching the quarter-finals with a 6-3 6-1 thrashing of temperamental Italian Fabio Fognini.

Sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov, who saved match points on Wednesday against Ryan Harrison, had a more comfortable day as he beat American 10th seed Sam Querrey 6-3 7-6 (7-3).

Nadal also beat Dimitrov in last week's China Open semi-final but, this time, was pushed much harder by his opponent.

The 16-times grand slam victor, who beat Dimitrov in three sets in the China Open semi-finals last week, fired 32 winners and won two crucial breaks to prevail in two and a half hours at the Qi Zhong Centre.

Nadal is yet to drop serve in Shanghai.

Dimitrov extended the quarter-final to a third set when he rebounded from a 4-2 deficit to win the second-set tiebreaker.

But Nadal took the match, although not without some difficulty, losing the second set on a tie-break.

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"It's better like this than having long matches, you save, a little bit more, the body", Nadal said. "Of course, being able to win the US Open, Beijing, and being in the semifinals here". "I think both of us, we played at a very high level of tennis".

Fourth-seeded Marin Cilic will face Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain.

In the semi-final, the Swiss will meet former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro who came from a set down to defeat Viktor Troicki 4-6 6-1 6-4.

Federer will play Richard Gasquet in the quarterfinals.

Nadal took the momentum into the next game to immediately break Dimitrov and finally end the Bulgarian's resolve.

Federer broke Gasquet at 5-5 to gain the advantage and went on to take the first set.

He needed several minutes of medical attention and sat on a chair on the back of the court, wincing in obvious distress.

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