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

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

Nadal ultimately prevailed, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-3.

Nadal, who extended his winning streak to 15 matches, pegged Dimitrov back with relentless baseline hitting to take the first set easily.

On-fire Nadal took the first set of their last-eight clash this morning before Dimitrov hit back.

Nadal has yet to drop serve in Shanghai.

Here, Dimitrov extended their quarterfinal to a third set when he rebounded from a 4-2 deficit to win the second-set tiebreaker.

The second set was a close one as both players held all of their six serves and had to fight in the tie-break.

"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. "Of course, being able to win the US Open, Beijing, and being in the semifinals here". "I know I have to play my best if I want to keep having chances of success. We'll see tomorrow if I can have another good day".

On Saturday Spaniard player will face Marin Cilic, beaten four times on five by Nadal.

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

On the other side of the draw, Juan Martin del Potro overcame a nasty tumble to beat Serbia's Viktor Troicki 4-6 6-1 6-4.

A blockbuster final between Nadal and his perennial rival Roger Federer remains on the cards as the Swiss also won his quarter-final. "The game where he broke me, I was up 40-15, and I was just unfocused there".

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

The Croatian, bidding to reach the season-ending ATP Finals in London, grabbed the critical break in the sixth game of the first set on his way to a comprehensive 6-3, 6-4 victory over the unseeded Spaniard.

And then came the turning point - and a flash of anger from third seed Zverev - as he yielded the crucial service break to go 3-2 down in the third set.

His foot appeared to get stuck on the floor and he crumpled down, landing with his weight on his outstretched left hand - his predominantly non-playing hand - and bending it painfully backward.