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

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

And he underlined his status as the man to beat in Shanghai as he battered the Italian Fognini 6-3, 6-1.

Rafael Nadal has struggled before beating Grigor Dimitrov to reach the Shanghai Masters semi-finals.

The two friends headed into a deciding set with Dimitrov in the ascendancy and the pro-Nadal crowd fearing an upset.

The tournament's fourth seed did see his flawless serving record broken by Ramos-Vinolas, who broke Cilic for the first time in this year's Shanghai Masters during the second set, although it only delayed his advance into the final four.

This was their 6th meeting and the 4th win for Marin, who is yet to drop a set this week in Shanghai.

Meanwhile, Cilic's quarter-final win over Albert Ramos-Vinolas puts him ahead of Dimitrov at No 5 in the race to the ATP World Tour Finals in London.




The tournament's top seed came into Friday's quarter-final contest without dropping a set in his two previous outings, but his spotless record was ended as he advanced to tee up a semi-final clash with Marin Cilic.

"I'm playing Basel and Paris", he said of the event in Federer's home town. I have to try to keep focus and hold that momentum. Mathematically, there are obviously chances that I can be bumped out if I don't win, for example, tomorrow.

Roger Federer, seeded second to Nadal, also was not detained for long as he defeated Ukrainian qualifier Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 6-2.

Cilic was broken for the first time in his 29th service game of the week at 3-3 in the second set by Ramos-Vinolas.

"I was a little bit angry with myself just with not keeping up the good tennis at that moment", Cilic said.


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