Ranked Rafael Nadal advances to semifinals at China Open

Ranked Rafael Nadal advances to semifinals at China Open

Rafael Nadal said he has braced himself for the "huge" serve of John Isner, after the world No. 1 bulldozed his way into the China Open quarter-finals yesterday.

Also, third-seeded Grigor Dimitrov eliminated Juan Martin del Potro 7-6 (6), 7-5, Steve Darcis defeated Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-4 and fifth-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut beat Aljaz Bedene after the British player retired from the match in the second set.

On the other hand, Dimitrov will take confidence from his win (6-2, 6-4) over Nadal at last year's quarter-final in Beijing. Nadal broke Dimitrov again in the very first game of the third set and then extended his lead to 4-0.

Nadal has had an incredible season thus far, reaching three Major finals and extending his Grand Slam haul to 16, while Dimitrov reentered the top-10 with some consistent results which allowed him to reclaim his status of being a contender at the major tournaments.

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Kyrgios dominated the first set and the hard-hitting Australian served seven aces in the second to frustrate 20-year-old Zverev who was favourite to progress after sealing his spot in the ATP Finals on Friday. I've played Rafa quite a few times. "I played very well, changing good directions, playing very focus all the time", said the 2005 China Open victor, "It is an important victory for me, against a player that arrived here so well, winning two great matches". Nadal eventually converted his second match point as a Dimitrov forehand found the net.

"It's an important victory for me, of course, against a player that arrived here playing so well, winning two great matches". "I changed the tactic and worked pretty well".

"I think I played pretty OK tennis". "We go on court and we try our best and we want to win".

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