Nadal makes Shanghai semis, ties Agassi for wins in Open Era

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

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

Nadal served out the set and had a chance to gain the upper hand in the second, but Dimitrov saved a break point before taking a 3-2 lead and the pumped-up sixth seed clenched his fist upon winning his next service game.

Nadal, the top seed, will now face Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the last eight of the Association of Tennis Professionals Masters 1000 tournament tomorrow.

Rafael Nadal fought past Grigor Dimitrov in a classy quarter-final at the Shanghai Masters on Friday.

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

6-4 in two hours and 35 minutes.

Nadal has yet to drop serve in Shanghai.

"Its better like this than having long matches".

Fognini was playing the day after being handed a suspended ban from two grand slams and $96,000 fine for verbally abusing a female umpire at the U.S. Open.

Marin Cilic, the fourth seed, was a 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 victor against Steve Johnson, while Grigor Dimitrov got past Sam Querrey to set up an encounter with Nadal.

"I got to understand also all the things that we were working on".

Cilic, bidding to reach the season-ending ATP Finals in London, grabbed the critical break in the sixth game of the first set on his way to a comprehensive victory.

The German prodigy and the 29-year-old, whose career has been beset by injury, went toe to toe in the second set and the tie break was just as tight until Del Potro grabbed the crucial mini-break.

Nadal his part to keep alive the prospect of a final with Roger Federer, due to play a later quarter-final against Frenchman Richard Gasquet.

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