Nadal overcomes Dimitrov to make Shanghai Masters semi

The other semifinal features top-ranked Rafael Nadal against Marin Cilic.

The world No.2 was even swifter than Nadal, taking exactly an hour to see off Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4 6-2.

Dimitrov, at 2-2 in the decisive set, had Nadal's back to the wall and forced the Spaniard to survive a break point.

"But if nothing unsafe happened, I will be here to play tomorrow and doing my best".

Nadal also improved his win streak to 15 having taken out last week's China Open.

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

The Croatian fourth seed Cilic - who has defeated Nadal only once in five matches - beat unseeded Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-3, 6-4.

Federer powered past Frenchman Richard Gasquet 7-5 6-4.


A mouthwatering Nadal-Federer final on Sunday awaits if the celebrated pair continue at the current rate.

The second-seeded will now play No. 16 seeded Argentinean Juan Martin del Potro, who eliminated the Swiss in the quarter-finals of the US Open.

The 31-year-old is closing in on finishing the year as world No.1 for the first time since 2013.

"Just focus on holding that momentum". "We'll see tomorrow if I can have another good day".

"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".

Del Potro required four match points - two on Zverev's serve in the ninth game, two on his own serve in the 10th game - to win this first encounter against the German.

"I don't know how my wrist is after I fell down", del Potro said before leaving for a local hospital. "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. "He broke racquets too".


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