Nadal qualified for the semi-finals at the tournament in Beijing

Rachel Hardy
October 8, 2017

World No.1 Rafael Nadal was forced to dig deep as he maintained his flawless semi-final record in 2017 with a hard-fought victory over Grigor Dimitrov at the China Open.

The Czech Kvitova, seeded 12, stormed through the first set 6-1 and although Wozniacki was better in the second set, Kvitova broke her for 6-4 and will play compatriot Barbora Strycova in the quarters.

The in-form American, seeded sixth, is renowned for his booming service game, and Nadal expects to face a barrage today.

It was Nadal's 60th victory of the season while he also reached his 110th final of his career and fourth at the China Open.

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There were frequent flashes of brilliance from Nadal early on, but the match really sprung to life as Dimitrov responded impressively to a nightmare start in the second set.

The tearful Romanian said she had fulfilled a dream courtesy of her defeat of Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko 6-2, 6-4 and will play France's on-form Caroline Garcia in Sunday's China Open final. He then exacted revenge for his Laver Cup loss with an impressive straight-sets win over the big-serving John Isner, prevailing in the tight affair which saw him fend off all three break points he faced in the encounter. "I think I played a great third set". "For me it's an important one and I'm very happy". "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". "I don't remember a lot of mistakes".

Nevertheless, the match will be mostly remembered for a point in the second set tie-break. I think I have done things as I want to do, and I've done well. If you don't use them against players like Rafa, I mean, you're going to pay for it.

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