Nadal survives big scare in Beijing opener

Oct 07, 2017, 00:23
Nadal survives big scare in Beijing opener

Nadal is bidding to win this tournament for the sixth time but believes the rapidly improving Dimitrov, who beat Roberto Bautista-Agut in three sets to book his place in the last four, will represent a hard opponent.

He also finished runner-up to Novak Djokovic in the 2013 and 2015 finals. Nadal now leads Dimitrov 8-1 in their ATP Head-to-Head series.

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The top-ranked Spaniard, who won the French Open and US Open this year, saved all six break points he faced and increased his lead over Roger Federer at the top of the rankings.

The left-hander, in turn, broke Khachanov three times to prevail in 89 minutes.

He will now face big-hitting American Isner, who thrashed Leonardo Mayer 6-0 6-3 to book his place in the last-eight of the tournament.

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They were the only break points he managed in the set, but Nadal earned just one and failed to capitalise as the pair remained all square. He would look to use his solid groundstrokes and powerful serves and overpower the defensive-minded Nadal, who could be aggressive at times.

He said: "Happy about the match today".

Also, third-seeded Grigor Dimitrov eliminated Juan Martin del Potro 7-6 (6), 7-5, Steve Darcis defeated Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-4 and fifth-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut beat Aljaz Bedene after the British player retired from the match in the second set. "But if you add that he is playing very well now from the baseline, he is one of the toughest opponents you can meet". He's playing unbelievably well.

"We go on court and we try our best and we want to win".

"So let's see what's going on tomorrow".

The 32-year-old Isner is eyeing his third ATP World Tour crown of the season this week after victories in Newport and Atlanta.

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