Rafael Nadal Outlasts Grigor Dimitrov to Reach Shanghai Rolex Masters Semis
13 October 2017, 02:13 | Sandy Nunez
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The other quarterfinals - Juan Martin del Potro against Viktor Troicki of Serbia, and Roger Federer against Richard Gasquet - are later Friday.
This was their 6th meeting and the 4th win for Marin, who is yet to drop a set this week in Shanghai.
Nadal had not obtained title in a tournament of the circuit of the ATP on the cement for over three years when he took the honors of global of the United States last month, and now he covets his third trophy in five weeks.
6-3 was his 870th match win.
"I think he played a great match, maybe one of the best of the season", Zverev said.
A mouthwatering Nadal-Federer final on Sunday awaits if the celebrated pair continue at the current rate.
The Croat did maintain his own ideal set record on Friday after beating Albert Ramos-Vinolas, 6-3, 6-4, and he'll be looking to add another Spanish conquest to his record when he faces Nadal in Shanghai on Saturday.
The French and US Open champion is chasing his seventh title of the year, and he faces Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov for a semi-final place in China.
World number nine Dimitrov had the first break-point opportunity in the second game, but Nadal denied the Bulgarian and the Mallorca native was punching the air after unleashing a blistering forehand victor to go a break up at 5-4.
The 30-year-old Sharapova has been on the comeback trail since April after serving a 15-month suspension for taking the banned substance meldonium.
She saw off 71st-ranked Linette in just over 98 minutes to reach only her second quarterfinal since her return to action.
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