Nadal, Federer cruise into Shanghai Masters quarterfinals

by Leon Thompson October 14, 2017, 0:11
Nadal, Federer cruise into Shanghai Masters quarterfinals

Swiss superstar Roger Federer will play against Frenchman Richard Gasquet at the Qizhong Stadium later on Friday to fight for another spot in the semi-finals.

Del Potro tumbled at 2-2 in the third set against Viktor Troicki of Serbia and instinctively tried to break the fall with his left wrist.

Del Potro received lengthy treatment to the area - which has undergone surgery in the past - before battling through 4-6 6-1 6-4.

Juan Martin del Potro advanced by overcoming third-seeded Alexander Zverev 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4.

"I'm glad to reach the semi-finals in this tournament, but to be honest now, as I say always, health is the first of all of my life", Del Potro said.

"I don't understand how I can lose a match where I get broken one time in three sets and not managed to get any chances on his serve", said Zverev, who is tipped to one day make world number one. I'm happy I was able to do better today on the break points.

Marin Cilic stands between Nadal and a second ATP final in two weeks. It was the sixth seed Dimitrov who produced a better performance, powering to win 5 consecutive points at 4-2 to close the tie-break 7-4 and levelled the set-score.

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"It was a very tough match".

The 31-year-old Spaniard Nadal, fresh off the back of triumphs at the US Open and China Open, anticipates a tough encounter against the Bulgarian Dimitrov.

"Just focus on holding that momentum".

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

The Croatian fourth seed Cilic - who has defeated Nadal only once in five matches - beat unseeded Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-3, 6-4.

Zverev, 20, had an in-match meltdown when he lost the fifth game of the final set after having a 40-15 lead.

Federer broke Gasquet at 5-5 to gain the advantage and went on to take the first set.


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