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Shanghai Masters: Rafael Nadal beats Grigor Dimitrov to reach semi-finals

Shanghai Masters: Rafael Nadal beats Grigor Dimitrov to reach semi-finals

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.

The world number two claimed two more breaks in the next to seal the deal in an hour and 18 minutes.

The world No 1 persevered 6-4 6-7 6-3 to book a semi-final with Marin Cilic, and record a second win over Dimitrov in as many weeks.

"I saw his frustration, for sure".

"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 have a tough match against Grigor and know I will have to play my best. but I am playing well".

Sixteenth seed Juan Martin del Potro recovered after dropping the first set to beat Viktor Troicki 4-6 6-1 6-4.

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The 2014 US Open champion knocked out Spain's unseeded hopeful Albert Ramos, 6-3, 6-4.

The Croat, who has yet to drop a set in this year's tournament, served 10 aces as he registered a 6-3 6-4 win.

"A lot of matches in a row winning and very happy with everything, let's see what happens tomorrow, but being able to win in Beijing and now semifinals here. tough events against tough players".

He stormed back to take the second on a tie-break and Croft says it was down to a change of approach in the Bulgarian's game - and he mentally got the better of the Spaniard.

"Just focus on holding that momentum".

In the third set, Nadal saved the one break point he faced in the match in the fifth game, and broke serve in the sixth to set up victory.

And then came the turning point - and a flash of anger from third seed Zverev - as he yielded the crucial service break to go 3-2 down in the third set.