Nadal books Cilic semi-final clash in Shanghai

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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.


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