Rafael Nadal beats Grigor Dimitrov to reach semi-finals of Shanghai Masters

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Shanghai Masters: Rafael Nadal beats Grigor Dimitrov to reach semi-finals
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14 October, 2017

One of the few matches unaffected by the rain on a gloomy day at the Shanghai Rolex Masters, Grigor Dimitrov had to dig deep to prevail over the risky Ryan Harrison in the second round, saving three match points to take the tough victory.

Swiss superstar Roger Federer will play against Frenchman Richard Gasquet at the Qizhong Stadium later on Friday to fight for another spot in the semi-finals. "If not, I will be nearly dead because he is going to go for the shots".

Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro won the match of the day by stopping third seed Alexander Zverev, recovering from losing the opener to win 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4. The world number two claimed two more breaks in the next to seal the deal in an hour and 18 minutes.

"I'm a bit pissed off because I feel like I played well and that's the upsetting part of it - I could have done great in this tournament".

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Fourth-seeded Cilic stands between Nadal and a second ATP final in two weeks.

"I played a very good match, I don't know how many mistakes I made, but very few", said the 16-time Grand Slam victor and top seed in Shanghai.

The Spaniard, 31, breezed through the first set but was unable to break Dimitrov in the second, and the Bulgarian was strong in the tie-break to force a deciding set. "Of course, being able to win the U.S. Open, Beijing, and being in the semifinals here ... We'll see tomorrow if I can have another good day". "But I think he's still very young and he needs to keep learning, as he's doing now", said the Argentine, 23 in the world.

The result sees the World No. 1 move into the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters where he will face 4th seed Marin Cilic.


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