ATP Shanghai: Nadal edges Dimitrov to set up Cilic clash

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer storm into Shanghai Masters quarters

World number one Rafael Nadal breezed into the quarter finals of the Shanghai Masters today.

Neither player managed a break in the second set, and Nadal trailed as Dimitrov took some big rallies en route to taking the top seed into a tiebreak.

Just as in China Open final, Nadal needed to battle through a three-setter to shrug off the challenge of the Bulgarian, winning 6-4 6-7 6-3. The match lasted 2 hours and 32 minutes and it was one of the best we saw this week, with a lot of nice points on both sides and more winners than errors from each player.

The 16-time Grand Slam victor saw off the Bulgarian Dimitrov in Beijing last week but suffered some hairy moments in getting the better of him again in a nervy quarter-final played in overcast conditions.

Wimbledon runner-up Marin Cilic also eased into the quarter-finals with a 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 defeat of American Steve Johnson.

Ramos-Vinolas was off to a better start, with 2 easy holds and break points in each of the first 3 Marin's service games, but he failed to convert any of them.

Dimitrov began his bid to upset Nadal in confident fashion, and it wasn't until after he had saved three break points at four games apiece that he finally conceded serve and his opponent launched a forehand victor down the line. The fourth-seeded Croatian improved to 39-16 on the year after he defeated Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain 6-3, 6-4 in 81 minutes on Friday.

The Swiss great, eyeing a second Shanghai Masters title, broke in the first game of the match and twice in the second set to march into the last eight.

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