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Nadal crushes Fognini, Federer joins him in quarters

13 October, 2017, 14:09 | Author: Leah Owens
  • 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

Dimitrov, chasing a spot at the season-ending ATP Finals in London, beat American Sam Querrey to set up a Chinese reunion with Nadal. Nadal also improved his win streak to 15 having won the China Open last week.

But there was little fight from the 30-year-old as Nadal lost only six points on serve in the opening set.

Grigor gave his best to stay in touch, he made a nice comeback in the second set tie break to send the match into a decider but one loose service game in set number 3 cost him the match, with 3 huge errors in game 6 when he fell 4-2 behind.

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Nadal has yet to drop serve in Shanghai.

Earlier, Marin Cilic, ranked fourth, showed the exit to the American Steve Johnson 7-6 (1), 6-4.

Shanghai: World number one Rafael Nadal continued his rich vein of form as he swept aside Fabio Fognini of Italy in straight sets to storm into quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters here on Thursday.

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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.

Nadal powered his way into 4th Shanghai semi-final in game 9 after another commanding hold and he will play against Marin Cilic tomorrow for the place in the final.

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.

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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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