Nadal sets up Cilic semi-final in Shanghai

Nadal sets up Cilic semi-final in Shanghai

Nadal sets up Cilic semi-final in Shanghai

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

Federer, the Swiss world number two, plays Richard Gasquet in the last eight on Friday after Gasquet outlasted fellow Frenchman Gilles Simon in a marathon three-setter. I'm happy I was able to do better today on the break points.

Gutsy Del Potro recovered from a set down to win 3-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 against rising star Zverev and will play Serbia's Viktor Troicki, after he beat John Isner in the final match of the day.

The result sees the World No. 1 move into the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters where he will face 4th seed Marin Cilic. Topping Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3 was his 870th match win.

That isn't the only time his fun has been spoiled by the Spaniard, either, with Dimitrov reaching his first Grand-Slam semi-final at the start of the year at the Australian Open - only for Nadal to be waiting, again defeating him by a single set.

"It was a very tough match".

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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.

The two friends headed into a deciding set with Dimitrov in the ascendancy and the pro-Nadal crowd fearing an upset.

A relieved Nadal looked up to the heavens and raised his arms at the end.

The Croatian, 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 6-3, 6-4 victory over the unseeded Spaniard.

Del Potro, who lost his serve for the only time in the match in the second game, won nine of his 15 service games at love.

The Argentinian needed several minutes of medical attention while he sat on a chair on the back of the court, visibly wincing in pain.

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