Nadal equals Agassi record with win in Shanghai

Sixteenth seed Juan Martin del Potro recovered after dropping the first set to beat Viktor Troicki 4-6 6-1 6-4.

One of the few matches unaffected by the rain on a gloomy day at the Shanghai Rolex Masters, Grigor Dimitrov had to dig deep to prevail over the risky Ryan Harrison in the second round, saving three match points to take the tough victory.

He will face the victor of Roger Federer and Richard Gasquet.

From 2-5 down and trailing by a double mini-break in the tiebreak, Dimitrov roared back into the match as he saved three straight match points from a 3-6 deficit, eventually claiming the hard-fought victory in three tough sets. "If not, I will be nearly dead because he is going to go for the shots".

Nadal, who is chasing his fourth end of year No.1 ranking, said he was happy to have taken care of his opponent in just over an hour. "I would like to play and be 100 per cent".

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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.

Del Potro ended up breaking Troicki's serve in that fifth game and prevailed 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.

Dimitrov, closing in on a first appearance at the ATP World Tour Finals, plays Nadal next. "Of course, being able to win the U.S. Open, Beijing, and being in the semifinals here ..." The other features top-ranked Rafael Nadal against Marin Cilic. "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.

World number five Cilic secured his place in the semi-finals with a routine victory over Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

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