Nadal sets up Cilic semi-final in Shanghai

Nadal sets up Cilic semi-final in Shanghai

Nadal sets up Cilic semi-final in Shanghai

Grigor Dimitrov pulled off a spectacular drop-shot against Rafael Nadal at the Shanghai Masters in an eventual 4-6 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 defeat.

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

Briton Jamie Murray and Brazil's Bruno Soares reached the doubles semi-finals with a 6-1 7-6 (8-6) victory over Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram.

With this second victory over Dimitrov in as many weeks, the Spaniard also extended his winning streak to 15 matches since his third-time US Open success, reports Xinhua news agency. In Beijing, he defeated Dimitrov in a three-set semi-final.

Earlier in the day, World No. 5 Cilic became the first man to reach the semifinals of the Shanghai Masters when he brushed aside Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

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.

"We haven't seen that from Nadal since the hardcourt season back at Indian Wells".

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Trailing 3-2 in the decider, Dimitrov's forehand crashed into the net to hand Nadal the break he needed.

"Very happy, it was a very tough match, both of us played a very high level of tennis", said the 31-year-old Spaniard, the top seed.

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

And then came the turning point - and a flash of anger from third seed Zverev - as he yielded the crucial service break to go 3-2 down in the third set.

But Nadal took the match, although not without some difficulty, losing the second set on a tie-break.

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

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