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

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

And with the scores at 4-4, Nadal eventually broke the Bulgarian with three break points at his mercy.

Nadal saved both break points he faced in the third-round match, in the fourth game of the second set.

Rafael Nadal tied Andre Agassi for seventh place on the list of all-time Open Era wins when he reached the Shanghai Masters semifinals on Friday.

The Spaniard eased past Fabio Fognini of Italy in the Chinese city, winning 6-3, 6-1 at the Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena.

The 31-year-old secured an immediate break in the second set to leave his Italian opponent with a mountain to climb, and two further breaks followed as Nadal wrapped up the match after one hour and two minutes on court.

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"Its better like this than having long matches". I have to try to keep focus and hold that momentum.

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.

Nadal, riding on the crest of a wave after following up his US Open triumph by claiming the China Open title last weekend, will face Marin Cilic in the last four following a 6-4 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 defeat of Dimitrov.

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer breezed into the quarterfinals of the Shanghai Masters on Thursday and Juan Martin del Potro defeated racquet-smashing Alexander Zverev.

The 25th-ranked Ramos-Vinolas ended Cilic's streak of winning 21 service games in the sixth game of the second set. "They are quite clear for me and I also am a little bit more consistent this year in serving performances".

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