Nadal needs three sets to oust Dimitrov at Shanghai Masters

Nadal needs three sets to oust Dimitrov at Shanghai Masters

Nadal needs three sets to oust Dimitrov at Shanghai Masters

"I think both of us, we played at a very high level of tennis".

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer breezed into the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters on Thursday and Juan Martin del Potro defeated racquet-smashing Alexander Zverev. I'm happy I was able to do better today on the break points. "I would like to play and be 100 per cent".

Federer broke Gasquet at 5-5 to gain the advantage and went on to take the first set.

One of the few matches unaffected by the rain on a gloomy day at the Shanghai Rolex Masters, Grigor Dimitrov had to dig deep to prevail over the unsafe Ryan Harrison in the second round, saving three match points to take the tough victory.

And he underlined his status as the man to beat in Shanghai as he battered the Italian Fognini 6-3, 6-1. I made bad decision going for the forehand in the 4-2 of the tie-break.

The final set was full of momentum shifts, first starting with Dimitrov's break of serve in the opening game as he carried over the momentum from the second set.

The world number two is competing in just his third tournament since winning Wimbledon in July, but the 36-year-old continues to defy his age with another appearance in the last four of a Masters Series event.

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 is yet to drop serve in Shanghai.

Marin Cilic stands between Nadal and a second ATP final in two weeks.

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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