Dimitrov and Nadal sizzle in Shanghai

Dimitrov and Nadal sizzle in Shanghai

Dimitrov and Nadal sizzle in Shanghai

In the quarterfinals, Nadal will play sixth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria, who got past Sam Querrey of the USA 6-3, 7-6 (3).

They faced each other thrice this year: the Swiss won in Miami, the Argentine took the revenge in a great US Open clash last month.

"I saw his frustration, for sure".

Dimitrov, ranked eighth in the world, had break point early in the third set, but Nadal saved it with a backhand volley before winning three consecutive games.

But the Bulgarian, who sent down 13 aces in the match, took the fight to the Spaniard in the second set, coming from 3-0 down in a tie-break to level.

"But if nothing unsafe happened, I will be here to play tomorrow and doing my best". Nadal ultimately prevailed, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-3.

Nadal, enjoying a late-career flourish, defeated good friend Dimitrov on his way to winning the China Open on Sunday, his sixth title of the season.

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Dimitrov, chasing a spot at the season-ending ATP Finals in London, beat American Sam Querrey to set up a Chinese reunion with Nadal.

"Just focus on holding that momentum".

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

There was a scare when the 29-year-old, who has suffered years of wrist injuries that have threatened his career, took a nasty tumble at 2-2 in the deciding set against unseeded Troicki.

Fourth-seeded Marin Cilic will face Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain.

His foot appeared to get stuck on the floor and he crumpled down, landing with his weight on his outstretched left hand - his predominantly non-playing hand - and bending it painfully backward.

The Argentinian needed several minutes of medical attention while he sat on a chair on the back of the court, visibly wincing in pain.

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