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

Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina celebrates after defeating Alexander Zverev of Germany in their men's singles match of the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai China Thursday Oct. 12 2017

RAFAEL Nadal has continued to scythe his way through the Shanghai Masters, reaching the quarter-finals with a 6-3 6-1 thrashing of temperamental Italian Fabio Fognini.

But the Bulgarian, who sent down 13 aces in the match, took the fight to the Spaniard in the second set, coming from 3-0 down in a tie-break to level.

The world No 1 persevered 6-4 6-7 6-3 to book a semi-final with Marin Cilic, and record a second win over Dimitrov in as many weeks.

"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". The world number two claimed two more breaks in the next to seal the deal in an hour and 18 minutes.

"I hope for him (del Potro) that it's nothing serious", Federer said. In Beijing, he defeated Dimitrov in a three-set semifinal.

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Del Potro received lengthy treatment to the area - which has undergone surgery in the past - before battling through 4-6 6-1 6-4.

"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 semi-finals here ..."

Breaking serve for the second straight time, Harrison looked well on course for the huge upset in the handsome city of Shanghai. I have to try to keep focus and hold that momentum.

"I have been dealing with all my injuries in the past, and now it's time to take care of my body, see what the MRI says or what the doctor says".

World number five Cilic secured his place in the semi-finals with a routine victory over Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

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