Nadal survives big scare in Beijing opener

Rafael Nadal Storms Into China Open Quarter-Final

Kyrgios will face Alexander Zverev, second-seeded. I was playing good at the beginning of the second and probably I had nearly match point with those two break points for 3-love.

Nadal faces big-serving American John Isner in the last eight.He is in the top seed and coming off the back of a third US Open title.

"I think I played pretty OK tennis".

Against Isner, Nadal had to wait until the the decisive tenth game of the first set to break serve before swatting aside the world No.17 in a second set tie-break.

Nadal held serve at love in his first three service games against Dimitrov and saved two break points in the seventh game. I tell you one, only one.

Top seed Rafael Nadal takes on third seed Grigor Dimitrov in the semi-final of China Open 2017, a Masters 500 tournament in Beijing, on Saturday, October 7.

Nadal, this year's French Open and U.S. Open champion, is seeking to lift the trophy in the Chinese capital for the first time in 12 years as he goes after his 75th career singles title.




"My dream is true now, in that moment you can not believe 100 percent that it's happening, so I was in tears a little bit", she said.

'He is a player that I really like, a good friend on the Tour, ' said Nadal of the Bulgarian. "He's a great guy".

"I think I played a solid match", the Spaniard said afterward.

The 16-time Grand Slam champion is expecting a hard match: "Tomorrow will be a tough one, for sure".

The 31-year-old Peng said she had been having injections to ease the pain and her right knee was heavily strapped, but she could not play on.

Eighth-seeded Nick Kyrgios of Australia advanced to the semifinals when Steve Darcis of Belgium retired from the match with a neck strain while trailing 6-0, 3-0.

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