Nadal books Cilic semi-final clash in Shanghai

1151 0
1151 0
Nadal: to meet Marin Cilic in Shanghai Masters semi-final

World Number 1 Rafael Nadal  beat Grigor Dimitrov in the Shanghai Rolex Masters quarter-final to book a semi-final clash with big-serving Croatian Marin Cilic.

Just as in China Open final, Nadal needed to battle through a three-setter to shrug off the challenge of the Bulgarian, winning 6-4 6-7 6-3.

Cilic on the other hand  advanced to the semi-finals without dropping a set. The fourth-seeded Croatian improved to 39-16 on the year after he defeated Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain 6-3, 6-4 in 81 minutes on Friday.

Cilic was broken for the first time in his 29th service game of the week at 3-3 in the second set by Ramos-Vinolas.

Cilic, who is now 6th in the Emirates ATP Race to London, can clinch his spot at next month’s Nitto ATP Finals — to be held at The O2 in London from 12-19 November — by reaching the title match.

Nadal leads Cilic 4-1 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, including victories in their past four meetings.

Swiss veteran, Roger Federer will play Frenchman Richard Gasquet in another quarter-final pairing, while Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, will meet Serbian  Victor Troicki.


Join the Conversation

Join the Conversation

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.