Roger Federer to face injured Juan Martin del Potro as Rafael Nadal prepares for Marin Cilic in Shanghai Masters semis

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World No.2 Federer has reached the last four.

Juan Martin del Potro could be forced out of his Shanghai Masters semi-final on Saturday against Roger Federer after the Argentine suffered a wrist injury in an awkward fall on court.

In the other last-four showdown Rafael Nadal will play Marin Cilic after the red-hot world number one had to fight his way past Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3.

Sixteenth seed Del Potro heroically clambered off the floor and from a set down to knock out Serbia’s Viktor Troicki 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.

But it came at a high cost and he was due to see a doctor straight after the match to see the extent of the damage to his left wrist, which has been operated on three times before and in the past threatened to end his career.

If the Argentine, 29, does miss out it will be just his latest injury heartbreak.

“I felt something wrong in that moment but I continued to play with slices to try to finish the match, but now it’s time to see what the MRI (scan) and also what the doctor says,” Del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion, said.

“I’m a little worried but I know to deal with all of these things as I have been through them in the past, but I will see what the doctor says now and then we will take a decision for tomorrow.

“Of course I would like to play, I would like to be 100 percent, but we will see in a moment what’s happened.”

Juan Martin del Potro

Injury scare for Juan Martin del Potro.

Del Potro’s foot appeared to get stuck on the floor and he crumpled down, landing on his left hand and bending it painfully backwards.

He needed several minutes of medical attention and sat on a chair at the back of the court, wincing in obvious distress.

Incredibly, he broke the serve of the unseeded Troicki on his immediate return to action.

Swiss legend Federer booked his spot as he eased to a 7-5, 6-4 victory over the unseeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet.

Federer, the second seed, has not dropped a set all week.

GUTSY NADAL BATTLES ON

Rafael Nadal

In the last four: Nadal.

Nadal, who has never won the Shanghai Masters, is chasing a seventh title in a brilliant season and a hat-trick of triumphs on the trot, having been crowned US Open and China Open champion in recent weeks.

The 16-time Grand Slam winner saw off the Bulgarian Dimitrov in Beijing last week but suffered some hairy moments in getting the better of him again in a nervy quarter-final played in overcast conditions.

“Very happy, it was a very tough match, both of us played a very high level of Tennis,” said the 31-year-old Spaniard, the top seed.

“I enjoyed it, a great battle between two players that are playing all the time very focused and intense points.

“A lot of matches in a row winning and very happy with everything, let’s see what happens tomorrow, but being able to win in Beijing and now semi-finals here… tough events against tough players.

“Just focus on holding that momentum.”

Nadal edged in front when he got the break of serve in the ninth game of the first set and there was nothing between him and his good friend Dimitrov as they entered a tense second-set tie break.

The Spaniard got the mini-break for a 3-0 lead in the tie break, but sixth seed Dimitrov scrapped back to level, and then stunned Nadal to clinch the tie break.

They headed into a deciding set with Dimitrov in the ascendancy and the pro-Nadal crowd fearing an upset.

Dimitrov sensed another opportunity in the fifth game of the third set, but Nadal survived the break point.

Nadal took the momentum into the next game to immediately break Dimitrov and finally end the Bulgarian’s resolve.

The Spaniard’s victory march was only momentarily held up when a disturbance broke out in the crowd and the players were forced to wait as a small group of spectators was escorted out of the arena.

A relieved Nadal looked up to the heavens and raised his arms at the end.

The Croatian fourth seed Cilic – who has defeated Nadal only once in five matches – beat unseeded Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-3, 6-4.

Provided by AFP Sport

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'I didn't deserve to win' says Roger Federer after US Open defeat to Juan Martin del Potro

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Roger Federer

Roger Federer, foiled once again one match from a first-ever US Open match against Rafael Nadal, said he just didn’t deserve to beat Juan Martin del Potro in the rematch of their epic 2009 final.

The Swiss third seed and 19-time Grand Slam champion was sent packing by Argentine 28th seed Del Potro 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (10/8), 6-4 on Wednesday in Arthur Ashe Stadium. The South American meets Spain’s top-ranked Nadal Friday for a berth in Sunday’s final.

“I feel I have no place in the semis and he will have a better chance to beat Rafa, to be honest,” Federer said.

“The way I played or am playing right now, it’s not good enough in my opinion to win this tournament. It’s better I’m out and somebody else gets a chance to do better than me.”

On the same court where Del Potro ended Federer’s five-year title run and 40-match win streak, the reigning Australian Open and Wimbledon champion said, “Juan Martin fought like a lion.”

And the ruined possible first-ever New York matchup between Federer and Nadal, which had been a focus of attention headed into the match, was an afterthought to Federer in the wake of a comprehensive loss.

“I didn’t even think about it, as I lost that match, that it’s not going to happen,” Federer said. “I’m dealing with just trying to understand what happened and just to overcome this in the next few hours, days, weeks, whatever it is. I’ll be fine.

“Of course it is a pity, but Juan Martin deserves it more.”

Federer said in some ways he wasn’t disappointed because he knew his game was weaker than it looked, having been aided by playing three rivals in a row who are a combined 0-40 against him.

“If I ran into a good guy, I was going to lose, I felt,” Federer said. “I don’t want to say I was in negative mindset, but I knew going in that I’m not in a safe place.

“Might have depended too much on my opponent, and I don’t like that feeling. I had it throughout the tournament, and I just felt that way every single match I went into.”

Federer made 41 unforced errors, nine more than his rival, and some of them were woefully off target and well off the court.

“I tried until the very end, “Federer said. “And smashing certain stuff in the net that I normally wouldn’t, smashing forehand volleys into the back fence, I mean, that stuff sucked. You know, honestly, it was terrible.”

HE CAME UP WITH THE GOODS

Juan Martin del Potro

Juan Martin del Potro

Federer’s 60 winners were 12 more than Del Potro, whose blistering serves and electric forehand winners took their toll.

“He came up with the goods when he needed to and I helped him a little bit sometimes too maybe,” Federer said. “But he was better today, especially on the big points.”

As for his four squandered set points in the tie-breaker, Federer said, “I don’t think those four points made all the difference. I missed too many balls.”

The 36-year-old Swiss said that he isn’t too crushed after two Slam titles about the disappointing defeat.

“It should hurt, and it does, rightfully so, but I think my perspective at this age and with the season I’ve had is easier to grasp faster, so I’ll be fine quickly,” Federer said.

“Sure, I would have liked to do more here, especially with the year that I had. It has been tough, you know, so it’s all right.”

A back injury from a Montreal finals loss to 20-year-old German Alexander Zverev strill hindered Federer at the Open.

“I just think it slowed down my rhythm and whatever it was throughout the tournament, because I was never really able to turn it on completely,” Federer said. “I played OK, but I never felt like I got to the great level I can play at, but that’s OK.

“I’m out of this tournament because I wasn’t good enough in my mind, my body and my game.”

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