Rafael Nadal enters China Open final with hard-fought win over Grigor Dimitrov
Rafael Nadal secured a hard fought three-set win over Grigor Dimitrov as he came closer to his sixth title this season by entering the final of the China Open.tennis Updated: Oct 07, 2017 17:09 IST
Rafael Nadal was forced into a third set before the world number one 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.