Nadal overcomes eye injury to earn place in China Open semi-finals

Nadal overcomes eye injury to earn place in China Open semi-finals

The Australian will be the underdog against the French and US Open champion but has beaten Nadal this year already when knocking him out of the Cincinnati Masters at the quarter-final stage.

Also, third-seeded Sorana Cirstea defeated fourth-seeded Karolina Pliskova 6-1, 7-5, Caroline Garcia beat Alize Cornet 6-2, 6-1, and Petra Kvitova beat former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki 6-1, 6-4. I think on return I did well.

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 looked better in his second round victory over Karen Khachanov, winning by a 6-3, 6-3 scoreline while avenging a loss to American John Isner from last week's Laver Cup, taking out the big-serving Isner 6-4, 7-6 (0) in the quarterfinals.

In the quarter-finals, the world number eight fought off a challenge from Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, winning 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-2 to set up a showdown with Nadal.

Bulgarian Dimitrov's eye-catching shots were not enough to overcome the 31-year-old, however, and Nadal broke serve three times in the deciding set. I stopped a little bit to go for the points.

"He has a massive future ahead and I'm really good friends with him so it's always fun playing him. I played very well, changing good directions, playing very focus all the time", said the 2005 China Open victor, "It is an important victory for me, against a player that arrived here so well, winning two great matches". "I think I played a great third set". If you don't use them against players like Rafa, I mean, you're going to pay for it.

Krygios was leading Belgium's Steve Darcis 6-0, 3-0 when his opponent retired injured.

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