Grigor Dimitrov has got inside Rafael Nadal's head - Annabel Croft

Tricia Pearson
October 14, 2017

Earlier, Rafael Nadal tied Andre Agassi for sixth place on the all-time list of wins in the open era when he reached the semi-finals.

Roger Federer is through to the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters after a hard-fought victory over Richard Gasquet.

From 2-5 down and trailing by a double mini-break in the tiebreak, Dimitrov roared back into the match as he saved three straight match points from a 3-6 deficit, eventually claiming the hard-fought victory in three tough sets. I should hit that ball with the backhand, but I made a decision to go with the forehand before he hit the ball.

"It was a very tough match", Nadal said. Showing no signs of nerves, the American came from 15-30 down to consolidate the break for a formidable 4-1 lead.

This year's French Open and US Open champion did not have it all his own way at the Association of Tennis Professionals Masters 1000 tournament, winning 6-3, 6-7, 6-3. "I would like to play and be 100 percent".

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The world No 1 persevered 6-4 6-7 6-3 to book a semi-final with Marin Cilic, and record a second win over Dimitrov in as many weeks.

Nadal has yet to drop serve in Shanghai. "Of course, being able to win the US Open, Beijing, and being in the semi-finals here ..."

"I think (it was) a great battle between two players who are playing all the time very focused, very intense points".

"I have been dealing with all my injuries in the past, and now it's time to take care of my body, see what the MRI says or what the doctor says".

Meanwhile, Cilic's quarter-final win over Albert Ramos-Vinolas puts him ahead of Dimitrov at No 5 in the race to the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

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