Nadal equals Agassi record with win in Shanghai

Lynette Rowe
October 14, 2017

Juan Martin del Potro headed to a hospital for a scan on his left wrist after a nasty fall while winning his quarter-final at the Shanghai Masters.

"But if nothing unsafe happened, I will be here to play tomorrow and doing my best". "I would like to play and be 100 percent".

Roger Federer, the only man who can deny Nadal the year-end world number one ranking, powered past Frenchman Richard Gasquet 7-5 6-4.

One of the few matches unaffected by the rain on a gloomy day at the Shanghai Rolex Masters, Grigor Dimitrov had to dig deep to prevail over the risky Ryan Harrison in the second round, saving three match points to take the tough victory.

Federer, the second seed, has not dropped a set all week.

That isn't the only time his fun has been spoiled by the Spaniard, either, with Dimitrov reaching his first Grand-Slam semi-final at the start of the year at the Australian Open - only for Nadal to be waiting, again defeating him by a single set.

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The world number two is competing in just his third tournament since winning Wimbledon in July, but the 36-year-old continues to defy his age with another appearance in the last four of a Masters Series event.

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

From 2-5 down and trailing by a double mini-break in the tiebreak, Dimitrov roared back into the match as he saved three straight match points from a 3-6 deficit, eventually claiming the hard-fought victory in three tough sets.

"I think (it was) a great battle between two players who are playing all the time very focused, very intense points".

Fourth seed Marin Cilic and Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas go head to head in the other quarter-final.

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