Rafael Nadal of Spain in action against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament - Shanghai, October 13, 2017. — Reuters picRafael Nadal of Spain in action against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament – Shanghai, October 13, 2017. — Reuters picSHANGHAI, Oct 13 — Rafael Nadal was forced to battle past Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov today in three tough sets to reach the Shanghai Masters semi-finals and a showdown with Marin Cilic.

The world number one just about beat his friend Dimitrov, the sixth seed, 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3 to stay on course for a possible glamour final with old rival Roger Federer.

Number-two Federer plays his quarter-final against France’s Richard Gasquet later today. — AFP



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