Nadal, Federer coast into quarterfinals in Shanghai

A blockbuster final between Nadal and his perennial rival Roger Federer remains on the cards as the Swiss also won his quarter-final.

Del Potro ended up breaking Troicki's serve in that fifth game and prevailed 4-6 6-1 6-4.

"I don't know how my wrist is after I fell down", del Potro said before leaving for a local hospital.

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.

"But if nothing risky happened, I will be here to play tomorrow and doing my best".

He will now face Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion and Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallist who came from behind to end the run of Serbia's Viktor Troicki.

Dimitrov, ranked eighth in the world, had break point early in the third set, but Nadal saved it with a backhand volley before winning three consecutive games.

The top-seeded Nadal recorded a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Italy's Fabio Fognini, while the second-seeded Federer registered a 6-4, 6-2 triumph over Ukrainian qualifier Alexandr Dolgopolov.

"A lot of matches in a row winning and very happy with everything, let's see what happens tomorrow, but being able to win in Beijing and now semifinals here. tough events against tough players".

But Nadal took the match, although not without some difficulty, losing the second set on a tie-break.

The Croatian, bidding to reach the season-ending ATP Finals in London, grabbed the critical break in the sixth game of the first set on his way to a comprehensive 6-3, 6-4 victory over the unseeded Spaniard.

The world No.2 broke Gasquet at 5-5 to gain the advantage and went on to take the first set.

The Argentinian needed several minutes of medical attention while he sat on a chair on the back of the court, visibly wincing in pain.


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