Nadal makes semis in Shang­hai

Sun.Star Cebu - - PRIME SPORTS -

Rafael Nadal tied An­dre Agassi for sev­enth place on the list of all-time Open Era wins when he reached the Shang­hai Mas­ters semi­fi­nals on Fri­day.

Top­ping Grigor Dim­itrov of Bul­garia 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3 was his 870th match win. Nadal also im­proved his win streak to 15 hav­ing won the China Open last week. In Bei­jing, he de­feated Dim­itrov in a three-set semi­fi­nal.

Nadal has yet to drop serve in Shang­hai.

Dim­itrov ex­tended the quar­ter­fi­nal to a third set when he re­bounded from a 4-2 deficit to win the sec­ond-set tiebreaker.

In the third set, Nadal saved the one break point he faced in the match in the fifth game, and broke serve in the sixth to set up vic­tory.

“Win­ning a lot of matches in a row, so I’m very happy for ev­ery­thing,” Nadal said. “Of course, be­ing able to win the U.S. Open, Bei­jing, and be­ing in the semi­fi­nals here... I have to try to keep fo­cus and hold that mo­men­tum.”

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