Roger Federer seals place in Shanghai Masters semi-finals

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal Results, Legends Into Quarter-Finals Amid World No.1 Race

And he underlined his status as the man to beat in Shanghai as he battered the Italian Fognini 6-3, 6-1. "I would like to play and be 100 percent".

"Winning a lot of matches in a row, so I'm very happy for everything", Nadal said.

Gasquet continued to battle hard in the second - while also making a breakthrough on the Federer serve - but the Swiss was playing with his usual ruthless efficiency and two breaks of his own sealed a 7-5 6-4 triumph.

6-4 in two hours and 35 minutes.

The 16-times grand slam victor, who beat Dimitrov in three sets in the China Open semi-finals last week, fired 32 winners and won two crucial breaks to prevail in two and a half hours at the Qi Zhong Centre. In Beijing, he defeated Dimitrov in a three-set semifinal.

Nadal is yet to drop serve in Shanghai.


Sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov, who saved match points on Wednesday against Ryan Harrison, had a more comfortable day as he beat American 10th seed Sam Querrey 6-3 7-6 (7-3). "Of course, being able to win the US Open, Beijing, and being in the semi-finals here ..."

"I felt good in the first match", the 36-year-old said.

He will now face Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion and Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallist who came from behind to end the run of Serbia's Viktor Troicki. "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.

Meanwhile, Cilic's quarter-final win over Albert Ramos-Vinolas puts him ahead of Dimitrov at No 5 in the race to the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

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