Rafael Nadal beats Grigor Dimitrov in Shanghai Masters

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  • Rafael Nadal claimed 870th win of his career against Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov
  • He is now tied for seventh with Andre Agassi for victories in Open Era victories
  • Spaniard is on strong form and will take on fourth-seed Marin Cilic in semi-final

By Associated Press Reporter

Published: 08:19 EDT, 13 October 2017 | Updated: 08:53 EDT, 13 October 2017

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

The Spaniard overcame Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3 for his 870th match win. 

Nadal also improved his winning-streak to 15 having claimed victory at the China Open last week. In Beijing, he defeated Dimitrov in a three-set semi-final and he is yet to drop serve in Shanghai.

Rafael Nadal's victory over Grigor Dimitrov was the 870th of his professional career
Rafael Nadal's victory over Grigor Dimitrov was the 870th of his professional career

Rafael Nadal's victory over Grigor Dimitrov was the 870th of his professional career

The Spaniard is tied in seventh place on the list of players with the most wins in the Open Era
The Spaniard is tied in seventh place on the list of players with the most wins in the Open Era

The Spaniard is tied in seventh place on the list of players with the most wins in the Open Era

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

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 the quarter-final victory.

Fourth-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia stands between Nadal and a second consecutive tournament final.

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

Andre Agassi is now tied for seventh with Nadal who will soon surpass the American
Andre Agassi is now tied for seventh with Nadal who will soon surpass the American

Andre Agassi is now tied for seventh with Nadal who will soon surpass the American

Dimitrov went down 4-6, 6-7 (6), 3-6 and was knocked out at the quarter-final stage
Dimitrov went down 4-6, 6-7 (6), 3-6 and was knocked out at the quarter-final stage

Dimitrov went down 4-6, 6-7 (6), 3-6 and was knocked out at the quarter-final stage

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

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

In the other quarter-finals - Juan Martin del Potro plays Viktor Troicki of Serbia, and Roger Federer takes on Richard Gasquet.

Marin Cilic will face Nadal for a place in the final of the Shanghai Masters tournament 
Marin Cilic will face Nadal for a place in the final of the Shanghai Masters tournament 

Marin Cilic will face Nadal for a place in the final of the Shanghai Masters tournament 

Jasper Ray
By Jasper Ray 13/10/2017 08:53:00