China Open: Rafael Nadal beats Karen Khachanov to reach quarter-finals

Laura Christensen
October 7, 2017

Juan Martin del Potro stormed into round two with a 7-6 (4) 6-4 win over Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas and will face third seed Grigor Dimitrov, who battled past Bosnian Damir Dzumhur 6-1 3-6 6-3.

Top seed and world number one Rafael Nadal meets third seed and world number eight Grigor Dimitrov in the semifinals of the China Open in Beijing.

"I think it was just a hair or something, a hair from the tennis ball".

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Spaniard is bidding to win his second China Open title, following victory on his debut in 2005.

They even went fishing together, but Nadal said they will have their game faces on for today: "At the end of the day we are competitors".

"He is a player that I really like, a good friend on the tour", Nadal added.

"He's a great guy".

It took just 30 minutes for Kyrgios to open up a 6-0 3-0 lead over Darcis when the Belgian, struggling with a neck injury, called it quits.

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The top-seeded Spaniard eased to his 59th victory of the year, breaking sixth seed Isner at 5-4 and holding his nerve to sweep a second-set tiebreak.

Petra Kvitová is also through to the semi-finals after overcoming fellow Czech Barbora Strýcová 6-3, 6-4.

To bump Garbine Muguruza from No. 1, the Romanian needs to reach the final.

Second-seed Alexander Zverev moved past Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-2 on Thursday to set up a quarterfinal match with Russia's Andrey Rublev.

There's a reason he's world number one.

In the women's tournament, Jelena Ostapenko advanced after Peng Shuai, the last Chinese player in the competition, retired from the match while trailing 3-0.

But the 27-year-old had five months out after suffering a wound to her playing hand when she was attacked in her home and hopes she might be fresher as a result. "That time was for him, today was for me".

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