ATP Tour

Nadal outlasts Dimitrov to reach China Open

2017-10-07 13:13
Rafael Nadal (Getty)

Beijing - Rafael Nadal was forced into a third set before the world No 1 piled the pressure on Grigor Dimitrov to reach the final of the China Open on Saturday.

The 31-year-old Spaniard, enjoying a late-career flourish and chasing a sixth title this season, beat off the Bulgarian third seed 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 in their semi-final on Beijing's outside hard courts.

Nadal, good friends with Dimitrov, will face German prodigy Alexander Zverev or temperamental Australian Nick Kyrgios in Sunday's final.

Dimitrov battled back from a set down to take it to a deciding third set.

But with the crowd behind him and Dimitrov visibly tiring, the 16-time Grand Slam champion Nadal stepped up a gear to ram home his superiority.

Results from the ATP Tour's China Open in Beijing on Saturday (x denotes seed):

Semi-finals

Rafael Nadal (ESP x1) bt Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x3) 6-3, 4-6, 6-1

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