Federer romps into Shanghai Open semis

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal Results, Legends Into Quarter-Finals Amid World No.1 Race

SHANGHAI - Rafael Nadal will play Marin Cilic in the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters Saturday after the world number one was forced to fight past Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3. It was the sixth seed Dimitrov who produced a better performance, powering to win 5 consecutive points at 4-2 to close the tie-break 7-4 and levelled the set-score.

Nadal also beat Dimitrov in last week's China Open semi-final but, this time, was pushed much harder by his opponent.

Nadal is yet to drop serve in Shanghai.

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

"For me, it's impossible to lose a match when I've only been broken one time", Zverev said. "Of course, being able to win the US Open, Beijing, and being in the semifinals here". I have to try to keep focus and hold that momentum.

Fognini was playing the day after being handed a suspended ban from two grand slams and $96,000 (A$123,000) fine for verbally abusing a female umpire at the US Open.

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Earlier in the afternoon, fourth seed Cilic knocked out Albert Ramos-Vinolas with a straightforward 6-3, 6-4 victory.

"I was a little bit angry with myself just with not keeping up the good tennis at that moment", Cilic said.

In the quarterfinals, Nadal will play sixth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria, who got past Sam Querrey of the USA 6-3, 7-6 (3).

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

And then came the turning point - and a flash of anger from third seed Zverev - as he yielded the crucial service break to go 3-2 down in the third set.

Incredibly, he broke the Troicki serve on his immediate return to action.

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