Nadal & Dimitrov set for Beijing showdown, Zverev secures ATP Final spot

Violet Powell
October 7, 2017

The Spaniard was typically classy against a hard opponent, whose challenge ended in a one-sided second-set tie-break, with Nadal triumphing 6-4 7-6 (7-0). I saw him today.

Also into the quarters is Caroline Garcia, who defeated French compatriot Alize Cornet 6-2, 6-1 and will play third seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine. They face off for the second time this year having met at the start of the year in Melbourne, and the enthusiastic fans in Beijing will have a good show to watch as the two battle tomorrow afternoon at the National Tennis Stadium. The win padded Nadal's lead over Roger Federer for the year-end No. 1 in the ATP Rankings to 1,950 points.

The world No.1 beat the big-serving American 6-4 7-6 (7-0) to reach the last four where he will face third seed Grigor Dimitrov.

"We catch a few ones (fish), but not very big", Nadal said.

The Australian on Friday accounted for Steve Darcis 6-0 3-0, with the Belgian forced to retire with a neck strain.

The other semi-final in Beijing is also a mouth-watering affair, with second seed Alexander Zverev taking on Nick Kyrgios. "I think I did the things that I want to do, and I did it well, so very happy".

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In the women's singles event, second-seed Simona Halep also made it to the semi-finals after clinching an easy 6-2, 6-1 win over Daria Kasatkina of Russian Federation in their last-eight clash.

Women's second seed Halep took little more than an hour to dismantle her opponent as she avenged her defeat to Kasatkina in the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open last week.

World No. 1 Garbine Muguruza and reigning champion Agnieszka Radwanska are both out, leaving world No. 2 Halep as the favourite.

Kvitova defeated Czech countrywoman Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4.

"We are pretty good friends from the Fed Cups", she said.

Ostapenko beat Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 6-4 in an error-filled quarterfinal.

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