Grigor Dimitrov ends rally with spectacular drop-shot against Rafael Nadal

World No.1 Rafael Nadal

Nadal saved a break point at 2-2 in the decider, and is still to lose his serve in Shanghai, before breaking serve in the next game and going on to win to set up a semi-final clash with Marin Cilic.

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 Spaniard got the mini-break for a 3-0 lead in the tiebreak, but sixth seed Dimitrov scrapped back to level, and then stunned Nadal to clinch the tiebreak. I should hit that ball with the backhand, but I chose to go with the forehand before he hit the ball.

"Winning a lot of matches in a row, so I'm very happy for everything", Nadal said. "I would like to play and be 100 per cent".

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.

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The 870th career win for Nadal ties him at No 6 in the all-time Open era list behind Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors (1,256 each), Roger Federer (1,121), Ivan Lendl (1,068), Guillermo Vilas (929) and John McEnroe (877).

Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro won the match of the day by stopping third seed Alexander Zverev, recovering from losing the opener to win 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4. "Of course, being able to win the US Open, Beijing, and being in the semi-finals here ..." "I think both of us, we played at a very high level of tennis".

Nadal has yet to drop serve in Shanghai. I have to try to keep focus and hold that momentum.

Cilic advanced to his first Shanghai semifinal by beating Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain 6-3, 6-4.

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