Saturday, 16 December, 2017

China Open: Rafael Nadal defeats Grigor Dimitrov to enter final

Rafael Nadal Storms Into China Open Quarter-Final Nadal saves 2 match points to enter China Open 2nd round
Elias Hubbard | 08 October, 2017, 01:06

Rafael Nadal said he has braced himself for the "huge" serve of John Isner, after the world No. 1 bulldozed his way into the China Open quarter-finals yesterday.

The unseeded Garcia defeated Czech 12th seed Petra Kvitova, the two-time Wimbledon champion, 6-3, 7-5.

Nick Kyrgios has kept alive his hopes of qualifying for the ATP finals by beating Alexander Zverev to reach the final of the China Open in Beijing.

The world number eight was able to ride on his momentum and prevailed in a tight quarterfinal clash against fifth seed Roberto Bautista Agut, coming back from an early deficit in the final set to do so, setting up a meeting with Nadal in Beijing for the second consecutive year.

"Just something came to my eye, that's all", said Nadal. I think I have done things as I want to do, and I've done well. "It was bothering me for a while". Nadal will face a familiar figure in Dimitrov - the pair practised together at Nadal's base in Mallorca before the US Open, where the Spaniard won the title for a third time this year.

"We went out with the boat", Nadal said. "He played huge. So let's see what's going on tomorrow". "He's a great guy".

Krygios was leading Belgium's Steve Darcis 6-0, 3-0 when his opponent retired injured. The 20-year-old Zverev, like Nadal also searching for a sixth title in a breakthrough season, had few scares in dispatching Russia's Andrey Rublev 6-2, 6-3.

On the women's side, Simona Halep beat ninth-seeded Jelena Ostapenko 6-2, 6-4 in the semifinals to guarantee the Romanian will take over the top spot for the first time in her career when the rankings are released Monday.

Ukraine's Elina Svitolina, who has already qualified, beat Russian Elena Vesnina 6-2, 7-5 to also enter the quarter-finals.

Halep's ascension to the top brings Muguruza's four-week reign as number one to an end, while the others who held the honour in 2017 are Angelique Kerber, Serena Williams and Karolina Pliskova.

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