The Rafael Nadal resurgence continues
Rafael Nadal's resurgence continued as he reached the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters with a three-set victory over Grigor Dimitrov.
The Spanish world number one defeated Dimitrov en route to winning the China Open last week and he repeated the success with a 6-4 6-7 (6/8) 6-3 win on Friday, extending his winning streak to 15 matches.
It looked like Nadal, leading 4-2 in the second set tie-break, would win in straight sets, but the Bulgarian reeled off five straight points to level things up.
Nadal saved a break point at 2-2 in the decider, and is still to lose his serve in Shanghai, before breaking serve in the next game and going on to win to set up a semi-final clash with Marin Cilic.
Fourth seed Cilic has reached the last four without dropping a set and overcame Nadal's countryman Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-3 6-4, although the Spaniard did managed to break Cilic's serve for the first time in the competition at 3-3 in the second set.
On the other side of the draw, Juan Martin del Potro overcame a nasty tumble to beat Serbia's Viktor Troicki 4-6 6-1 6-4.
Del Potro's wrist problems have been well documented down the years and at 2-2 in the deciding set he fell awkwardly on to his non-playing hand, dropping on to it with most of his weight.
The Argentinian needed several minutes of medical attention while he sat on a chair on the back of the court, visibly wincing in pain.
However, on his return to action he immediately broke Troicki's serve and went on to win.