Rafael Nadal outlasts Grigor Dimitrov to reach Beijing final

Rafael Nadal will now face Alexander Zverev or Nick Kyrgios in Sunday's final.

Sport360 staff
by Sport360 staff
7th October 2017

article:7th October 2017

The World No.1 was in fine form.
The World No.1 was in fine form.

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.

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