Published: Сб, Октября 14, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

The Rafael Nadal resurgence continues

The Rafael Nadal resurgence continues

Rafael Nadal won his 14th consecutive match to reach the Shanghai Masters quarterfinals, beating Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-3, 6-1 on Thursday.

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

Sixth seed Dimitrov frequently had the final say during pulsating rallies, most impressively during the final set when he kept a point alive before winning it close to the net.

Nadal, who has never won the title in Shanghai, will face fourth seed Marin Cilic in the last four.

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

"It was a very tough match", Nadal said. "Of course, being able to win the US Open, Beijing, and being in the semifinals here. I think it was a great battle between two players who are playing all the time very focused".

"I felt good in the first match", the 36-year-old said.

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

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

He will now face Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion and Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallist who came from behind to end the run of Serbia's Viktor Troicki.

Roger Federer is through to the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters after a hard-fought victory over Richard Gasquet.

Dimitrov, chasing a spot at the season-ending ATP Finals in London, beat American Sam Querrey to set up a Chinese reunion with Nadal.

Zverev, 20, had an in-match meltdown when he lost the fifth game of the final set after having a 40-15 lead.

Incredibly, he broke the Troicki serve on his immediate return to action.

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