Nadal, Federer and del Potro in the quarter-finals in Shanghai
Photo: Andy Wong, Associated Press
In the quarterfinals, Nadal will meet the iron with the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.
Shanghai — Rafael Nadal won his 14th match on Thursday, when it took the measure of the Italian Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-1 to reach the quarter-finals of the Masters in Shanghai.
Fognini has struggled with Nadal for 63 minutes, 9 minutes more than the duration of the match of the second round of the Spanish language.
Roger Federer, second-seeded behind Nadal, is also disposed quickly of the qualified Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 6-2.
Nadal had not obtained title in a tournament of the circuit of the ATP on the cement for over three years when he took the honors of International of the United States last month, and now he covets his third trophy in five weeks.
Nadal has preserved two balls break during his game of knockout, in the fourth game of the second set.
In the quarterfinals, Nadal will meet the iron with the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, who defeated American Sam Querrey 6-3, 7-6 (3).
Federer will face the French Richard Gasquet in the quarter-finals.
Earlier Thursday, Juan Martín del Potro came from behind to defeat the third-seeded Alexander Zverev, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 and reach the quarter-finals. Del Potro needed four match balls to sign his first victory against the German. The Argentinian will have an appointment with the American John Isner or the Serbian Viktor Troicki in the quarterfinals Friday.
Earlier, Marin Cilic, ranked fourth, showed the exit to the American Steve Johnson 7-6 (1), 6-4. Cilic will cross the iron with the Spanish Albert Ramos-Viñolas.