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

Clyde Nash
October 14, 2017

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"It's true that at the end of the second, that tie-break, I made a couple of mistakes with the forehand".

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Grigor Dimitrov pulled off a spectacular drop-shot against Rafael Nadal at the Shanghai Masters in an eventual 4-6 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 defeat.

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

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.

Dimitrov, closing in on a first appearance at the ATP World Tour Finals, plays Nadal next. "I've been doing the things very well, 6-3 6-1 against a player like him for sure is a very good result for me, and being in the quarter- finals of course is great news".

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The Spaniard got the mini-break for a 3-0 lead in the tiebreak, but sixth seed Dimitrov scrapped back to level, and then stunned Nadal to clinch the tiebreak.

Nadal is yet to drop serve in Shanghai. I have to try to keep focus and hold that momentum.

Fourth seed Marin Cilic and Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas go head to head in the other quarter-final.

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