ATP Beijing semifinal preview: Rafael Nadal vs Grigor Dimitrov

Saul Bowman
October 7, 2017

"But if you add that he is playing very well now from the baseline, he is one of the toughest opponents you can meet". Now there are less, so I think Rafa is from the past, ' the former World No. 2 said.

On the women's side, unseeded Carolina Garcia of France upset third-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-7 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (6) in nearly 3 1/2 hours to line up Petra Kvitova in the semifinals.

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

Juan Martin del Potro stormed into round two with a 7-6 (4) 6-4 win over Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas and will face third seed Grigor Dimitrov, who battled past Bosnian Damir Dzumhur 6-1 3-6 6-3.

The Spaniard, a 16-time Grand Slam champion, saw off Russian Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-3 to book a last-eight clash with Isner.

"We catch a few ones (fish), but not very big", Nadal said.

Nick Kyrgios smashed a racket after losing the first set, sang a song while relaxing during a changeover, and then advanced to the quarterfinals.

The Russian, who reached the semi-finals of the US Open this year, won 64% of points in the third set to register his third victory over a top 20 player, and set up a quarter-final meeting with Alexander Zverev.

"It's great for any player to qualify", said Zverev, who has five titles this season.

The Australian on Friday accounted for Steve Darcis 6-0 3-0, with the Belgian forced to retire with a neck strain.

Halep, 26, could potentially usurp Muguruza at the top if she reaches the final in Beijing.

Kvitova defeated Czech countrywoman Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4. "We know each other well".

She will now have an opportunity to avenge her French Open final defeat to Jelena Ostapenko after the Latvian defeated Romania's Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 6-4.

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