ATP China Open semi-final preview: Rafael Nadal vs Grigor Dimitrov

Lawrence Cooper
October 8, 2017

World number one Rafael Nadal battles past Grigor Dimitrov in three sets to reach the final of the China Open.

The Spaniard tamed the big-serving American John Isner 6-4, 7-6 (7/0) on Friday to set up the clash with the third-seeded Bulgarian.

Nick Kyrgios has kept alive his hopes of qualifying for the ATP finals by beating Alexander Zverev to reach the final of the China Open in Beijing.

"Something came to my eye, that's all", said Nadal, who is chasing a sixth title this year.

"It is true that the calendar is tough, but at the same time it is true that Federer has 36 years, I think, I have 31, Novak 30, Andy 30, Nishikori, I don't know, 27. It was bothering me for a while". "I think I did the things that I want to do, and I did it well", Nadal said.

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Nadal, who won his third US Open title last month, maintained his momentum in the second set to seal the victory.

The 22-year-old Australian initially said he would give $10 for each ace toward emergency relief on the USA island following Hurricane Maria, which hit two weeks ago leaving more than 30 people dead and thousands homeless. "I am very pleased the way that I have been playing the whole week, after a very tough first day. He's a great guy". The Australian, eighth headlining, triumphed when his opponent Steve Darcis has abandoned because of pain in the neck when he fired from the back 6-0, 3-0.

Elsewhere, top seed Marin Cilic cruised into the Japan Open semi-finals with a 6-2 6-0 win against Ryan Harrison.

In the women's event, Simona Halep of Romania defeated Latvian Jelena Ostapenko 6-2, 6-4 in just 75 minutes to claim the top spot in the WTA rankings for the first time in her career.

Ukraine's Elina Svitolina, who has already qualified, beat Russian Elena Vesnina 6-2, 7-5 to also enter the quarter-finals.

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