Rafa Nadal makes Shanghai semis, ties Andre Agassi for wins in Open Era

Rafael Nadal equaled Andre Agassi with 870 ATP wins with his quarterfinal victory in Shanghai.
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Rafael Nadal equaled Andre Agassi with 870 ATP wins with his quarterfinal victory in Shanghai.

Rafael Nadal tied Andre Agassi for sixth place on the list of all-time Open Era wins when he reached the Shanghai Masters semifinals on Friday.

Topping Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-4 6-7 (6) 6-3 was his 870th match win. Nadal also improved his win streak to 15 having won the China Open last week. In Beijing, he defeated Dimitrov in a three-set semifinal.

Nadal has yet to drop serve in Shanghai.

Dimitrov extended the quarterfinal to a third set when he rebounded from a 4-2 deficit to win the second-set tiebreaker.

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In the third set, Nadal saved the one break point he faced in the match in the fifth game, and broke serve in the sixth to set up victory.

"Winning a lot of matches in a row, so I'm very happy for everything," Nadal said. "Of course, being able to win the US Open, Beijing, and being in the semifinals here ... I have to try to keep focus and hold that momentum. We'll see tomorrow if I can have another good day."

Fourth-seeded Marin Cilic stands between Nadal and a second ATP final in two weeks.

Also, Juan Martin del Potro rebounded against Viktor Troicki of Serbia to win 4-6 6-1 6-4. Del Potro awaits Roger Federer or Richard Gasquet.

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Cilic advanced to his first Shanghai semifinal by beating Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain 6-3 6-4.

The 25th-ranked Ramos-Vinolas ended Cilic's streak of winning 21 service games in the sixth game of the second set.

"I was a little bit angry with myself just with not keeping up the good tennis at that moment," Cilic said.

Del Potro headed to a hospital for a scan on his left wrist after a nasty fall during his quarterfinal.

Del Potro tumbled on the court at 2-2 in the third set against Troicki and instinctively tried to break the fall with his left wrist. Del Potro, who has undergone surgery on both wrists, conferred with a trainer as he repeatedly shook his wrist.

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

"I don't know how my wrist is after I fell down," del Potro said before leaving for a local hospital. "I felt something wrong in that moment, but I continued to play, just playing (backhand) slices just to finish the match. I'm going to the hospital to see what the MRI says, and what the doctor says.

"Then I will take a decision for tomorrow. I would like to play and be 100 per cent."

GAVRILOVA WINS ALL-AUSSIE QUARTER

Daria Gavrilova has survived a scare to beat Lizette Cabrera in three sets in an all-Australian quarterfinal at the Hong Kong Open.

Gavrilova held on to win 6-1 3-6 6-4 on Friday against the 19-year-old Cabrera, the world No 155 playing in her first WTA quarter.

The highest ranked player left, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia beat Naomi Osaka of Japan 6-3, 6-3 in the quarterfinals.

Osaka ousted Venus Williams but couldn't match the 21st-ranked Pavlyuchenkova from the baseline, and served nine double faults.

Pavlyuchenkova, chasing a third WTA title, faces Wang Qiang in the semifinals after the Chinese hope beat Sam Stosur 7-5 6-2.

Wang looked like she might retire after calling a trainer to court in the first set.

"I felt really, really sick, I couldn't see the ball, but my coach pushed me," Wang said.

Gavrilova lined up Jennifer Brady, who beat fellow American Nicole Gibbs 7-5 6-4 to earn her first WTA semifinal.

Brady has taken advantage of top-seeded Elina Svitolina withdrawing from the tournament after hurting her right leg in the China Open last week.

Cabrera advanced to the last eight after former world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki was forced to pull out of their second-round clash before a ball had been hit.

 - AP

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