Fed's, Rafa's fight for No.1 heating up

Paola Ditto
Ottobre 13, 2017

RAFAEL Nadal has continued to scythe his way through the Shanghai Masters, reaching the quarter-finals with a 6-3 6-1 thrashing of temperamental Italian Fabio Fognini.

The Spaniard needed two minutes over the hour to dispatch Fognini, taking his winning streak to 14 matches since the start of the U.S. Open where he claimed a 16th grand slam title.

Federer, who is the only player in the running to stop Nadal's charge for end-of-season bragging rights, said his body was being kind to him.

The 36-year-old broke the world number 41 in the first game before saving a break point in the tenth to seal the opening set 6-4.

He brushed aside Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine with a 6-2, 6-3 success. "Maybe this match-up was maybe a bit easier and I took my chances more".

"I served very well today; when that happens, then the rallies are short".

Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro won the match of the day by stopping third seed Alexander Zverev, recovering from losing the opener to win 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4.

Dimitrov ousted American Sam Querrey today, 6-3, 7-6.

Marin Cilic, the fourth seed, was a 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 victor against Steve Johnson, while Grigor Dimitrov got past Sam Querrey to set up an encounter with Nadal.

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