Sunday, 22 October, 2017

Del Potro hurt as Nadal, Federer also win

ATP Shanghai Dimitrov saves 3 MP's against Harrison! Zverev wins Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal Results, Legends Into Quarter-Finals Amid World No.1 Race
Spencer Simpson | 14 October, 2017, 00:48

It looked like Nadal, leading 4-2 in the second set tie-break, would win in straight sets, but the Bulgarian reeled off five straight points to level things up.

Nadal, who extended his winning streak to 15 matches, pegged Dimitrov back with relentless baseline hitting to take the first set easily.

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. The top seed consolidated to make it 5-2 before serving out the match.

"I felt good in the first match", the 36-year-old said. The conditions have been different today than my two previous matches. "But I think he's still very young and he needs to keep learning, as he's doing now", said the Argentine, 23 in the world.

The Spaniard needed just 63 minutes to dispatch Fognini, taking his winning streak to 14 matches since the start of the US Open where he claimed a 16th grand slam title.

The 2014 US Open champion knocked out Spain's unseeded hopeful Albert Ramos, 6-3, 6-4.

"I hope for him (del Potro) that it's nothing serious", Federer said. "It's a very fast court".

"It will be a tough one".

"I'm a bit pissed off because I feel like I played well and that's the upsetting part of it - I could have done great in this tournament". I should hit that ball with the backhand, but I made a decision to go with the forehand before he hit the ball.

The next couple of games went past within a blink of an eye, and Harrison soon found himself serving for the set at 5-3 up.

The world No.2 was even swifter than Nadal, taking exactly an hour to see off Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4 6-2.

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