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  • Chris Sobey


Its quarter-finals day at the Shanghai Masters and top-seed Rafa Nadal continued his scintillating form and extended his winning run to 14 matches yesterday dispatching Fognini for the loss of only four games. Nadal faces sixth seed Dimitrov today for a place in the semi-finals and the young Bulgarian will want to seek revenge for his agonising semi-final defeat at this year’s Australian Open, and three set defeat at Beijing recently however, Nadal leads the head-to-head 9-1 now and its unlikely Dimitrov will change that on current form.

Second seed Federer is starting to look like he will meet Nadal in Sunday’s final after coming through his first two matches without too much drama winning both in straight sets. He faces fellow veteran Gasquet for a place in the semis today and with Federer leading the head-to-head 15-2 and Gasquet’s last win coming on clay back ion 2011 its unlikely the Frenchman will cause the upset today. Fourth seed Cilic faces the unseeded Ramos-Vinolas for the sixth time and a place in the semis against Nadal or Dimitrov and the other quarter-final is between 16th seed Del Potro and the unseeded Troicki and Del Potro should win this one as he leads the head-to-head 6-0.

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