Del Potro doubt for Shanghai semifinal, Nadal surges onward

Oct 14, 2017, 00:50
Del Potro doubt for Shanghai semifinal, Nadal surges onward

The 16-times grand slam victor, who beat Dimitrov in three sets in the China Open semi-finals last week, fired 32 winners and won two crucial breaks to prevail in two and a half hours at the Qi Zhong Centre.

"He always is very unsafe opponent, and I think this surface, this court helps him", Nadal said.

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

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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. Showing no signs of nerves, the American came from 15-30 down to consolidate the break for a formidable 4-1 lead. I should hit that ball with the backhand, but I made a decision to go with the forehand before he hit the ball.

Dimitrov, closing in on a first appearance at the ATP World Tour Finals, plays Nadal next.

This year's French Open and US Open champion did not have it all his own way at the Association of Tennis Professionals Masters 1000 tournament, winning 6-3, 6-7, 6-3.

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"It's better like this than having long matches, you save, a little bit more, the body", Nadal said. "Of course, being able to win the US Open, Beijing, and being in the semi-finals here ..."

But Nadal took the match, although not without some difficulty, losing the second set on a tie-break. "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.

Earlier in the day, World No. 5 Cilic became the first man to reach the semifinals of the Shanghai Masters when he brushed aside Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

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