Nadal qualified for the semi-finals at the tournament in Beijing
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Nadal has saved three balls to break he conceded in the face of Isner.
The favourite Rafael Nadal qualified for the semi-finals of the tournament in Beijing with John Isner, sixth head series, 6-4, 7-6 (0).
The champion of the Internationaux de France, and the United States has won five titles this season and is on track to finish the year atop the world rankings.
“I do not remember to have committed a lot of mistakes,” explained Nadal. I went to the net very often. I think I have done things as I want to do, and I’ve done well. “
In the women’s draw, france’s Carolina Garcia has surprised the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, no. 3, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (6) during a match of nearly three and a half hours. She will face Petra Kvitova in the semi-finals. Simona Halep, on the way to becoming no. 1 worldwide for the first time, will compete with Jelena Ostapenko, the champion of the Internationaux de France.
Nadal has saved three balls to break he conceded in the face of Isner. He will now face Grigor Dimitrov, no. 3, who defeated Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-2.
Dimitrov trained with Nadal in Mallorca before the start of the season on hard surface. The two have also spent some time fishing.
Nick Kyrgios has also obtained his ticket to the semi-finals. The Australian, eighth headlining, triumphed when his opponent Steve Darcis has abandoned because of pain in the neck when he fired from the back 6-0, 3-0.
Kyrgios will face Alexander Zverev, second-seeded. The German 20-year-old has defeated Andrey Rublev 6-2, 6-3 and qualified for the last tournament of the season in London.