Published: Sat, October 14, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Nadal, Federer cruise into Shanghai Masters quarterfinals

Nadal, Federer cruise into Shanghai Masters quarterfinals

Nadal is yet to drop serve in Shanghai.

Sixteenth seed Juan Martin del Potro recovered after dropping the first set to beat Viktor Troicki 4-6 6-1 6-4.

They faced each other thrice this year: the Swiss won in Miami, the Argentine took the revenge in a great US Open clash last month.

"I'm glad to reach the semi-finals in this tournament, but to be honest now, as I say always, health is the first of all of my life", Del Potro said.

Federer triumphed in Shanghai thrice when the city held ATP Finals and once as Masters 1000 event in 2014.

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.

But the Bulgarian, who sent down 13 aces in the match, took the fight to the Spaniard in the second set, coming from 3-0 down in a tie-break to level.

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Dimitrov sensed another opportunity in the fifth game of the third set, but Nadal survived the break point. Topping Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3 was his 870th match win.

The result sees the World No. 1 move into the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters where he will face 4th seed Marin Cilic.

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

The Croatian fourth seed Cilic - who has defeated Nadal only once in five matches - beat unseeded Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-3, 6-4.

His foot appeared to get stuck on the floor and he crumpled down, landing with his weight on his outstretched left hand - his predominantly non-playing hand - and bending it painfully backward.

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

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