Rafael Nadal Storms Into China Open Quarter-Final

Nadal overwhelms Kyrgios to win China Open

Nadal overwhelms Kyrgios to win China Open

World No.1 Rafael Nadal was forced to dig deep as he maintained his ideal semi-final record in 2017 with a hard-fought victory over Grigor Dimitrov at the China Open.

In the second round, the 16-time Grand Slam champion is set to play against Russian Karen Khachanov, who defeated Chinese Di Wu 6-4, 6-2.

"Tomorrow will be a tough one against Isner".

"In general terms, I think I played with not many mistakes", Nadal said.

"Everybody knows that he serves huge and it is so hard to break him". So I'm very happy. Halep will play the final on Sunday against Caroline Garcia of France who beat 12th seed Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 7-5.

Awaiting for Nadal in the semifinals is the third-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria, who stopped Nadal in the quarterfinals here previous year.

Grigor Dimitrov also reached the final four as he saw off Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-2.

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Dimitrov had a tricky opener as he was drawn to face the in-form Damir Dzumhur in the first round, with the Bosnian rattling off 25 wins in his last 31 matches.

Nadal broke Isner in the ninth game of the first set to take a 5-4 lead and then closed out the set easily.

In the women's draw, former world No. 1 and fourth seed Karolina Pliskova became the latest high-profile casualty, going out in the third round to unseeded Sorana Cirstea.

The Romanian will face Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko in today's last-four clash.

The 22-year-old's victory moved him to 15th spot in the ATP Race To London with the top 10 players qualifying for the prestigious end of season event in November.

In the women's draw, france's Carolina Garcia has surprised the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, no. 3, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (6) during a match of almost three and a half hours.

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