Dimitrov and Nadal sizzle in Shanghai

Hope Soto
October 14, 2017

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.

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

Federer subsequently eased past Richard Gasquet in straight sets to book a last-four clash, but it remains to be seen whether Del Potro will be fit to face the Swiss on Saturday.

"I saw his frustration, for sure". "I think both of us, we played at a very high level of tennis".

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

Fourth-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia also moved on by dispatching American Steve Johnson 7-6 (1), 6-4.

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).

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World number five Cilic secured his place in the semi-finals with a routine victory over Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

Sixth seed Dimitrov frequently had the final say during pulsating rallies, most impressively during the final set when he kept a point alive before winning it close to the net.

"It was a very tough match".

Topping Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-4 6-7 (7-6) 6-3 was his 870th match win. "The game where he broke me, I was up 40-15, and I was just unfocused there".

He stormed back to take the second on a tie-break and Croft says it was down to a change of approach in the Bulgarian's game - and he mentally got the better of the Spaniard.

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 2009 US Open champion's career has been blighted by wrist injuries and he has had three operations on the left one.

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