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

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

Juan Martin del Potro will wait anxiously on the results of an MRI scan on his wrist before deciding whether he can face Roger Federer in the Shanghai Masters semi-finals.

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

Federer powered past Frenchman Richard Gasquet 7-5 6-4.

"I'm glad to reach the semi-finals in this tournament, but to be honest now, as I say always, health is the first of all of my life", Del Potro said. "I think both of us, we played at a very high level of tennis". I'm happy I was able to do better today on the break points.

The victory ensured that the pair, who have won two Grand Slams and six titles together, qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals in London next month.

Gutsy Del Potro recovered from a set down to win 3-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 against rising star Zverev and will play Serbia's Viktor Troicki, after he beat John Isner in the final match of the day.

World number five Cilic secured his place in the semi-finals with a routine victory over Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

6-3 on Friday was his 870th match win. In Beijing, he defeated Dimitrov in a three-set semifinal. "The game where he broke me, I was up 40-15, and I was just unfocused there".

But Nadal took the match, although not without some difficulty, losing the second set on a tie-break.

Nadal took the momentum into the next game to immediately break Dimitrov and finally end the Bulgarian's resolve.

Argentine 16th seed Del Potro fought back from a set down for the second match in a row.

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.

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