Sport Nadal makes Shanghai semis, ties Agassi for wins in Open Era

14:15  13 october  2017
14:15  13 october  2017 Source:   Associated Press

Federer beats Nadal to win Shanghai Masters title

  Federer beats Nadal to win Shanghai Masters title Roger Federer extended his winning streak over Rafael Nadal this year to four matches after beating the top-ranked Spaniard 6-4, 6-3 to win the Shanghai Masters on Sunday. Top 7 Credit Cards For Those With Excellent Credit Apply Today Sponsored by NextAdvisor The Swiss 19-time grand slam winner, who still trails Nadal 23-15 in their overall head-to-head record, didn't face a break point and started and ended the match with service breaks.Federer took advantage of three of seven break point opportunities in the match to snap Nadal's 16-game winning streak, which included his China Open victory last week.

SHANGHAI — Rafael Nadal tied Andre Agassi for seventh place on the list of all-time Open Era wins when he reached the Shanghai Masters semifinals on Friday. Topping Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3 was his 870th match win .

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SHANGHAI — Rafael Nadal tied Andre Agassi for seventh place on the list of all-time Open Era wins when he reached the Shanghai Masters semifinals on Friday.

Donaldson sets up meeting with Nadal in Shanghai Masters

  Donaldson sets up meeting with Nadal in Shanghai Masters Jared Donaldson of the U.S. scored an early birthday present in beating Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-4 in the Shanghai Masters first round on Sunday. Donaldson, who turns 21 on Monday, saved all eight break points he faced. He broke Cuevas' serve once in each of the last two sets.The 56th-ranked Donaldson plans to celebrate his birthday by going to Disney Shanghai on Monday, before experiencing a first career meeting against No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the second round.''I want to get a picture with Mickey, Pluto the dog, and Daffy Duck,'' Donaldson said, laughing.

Open era . · His last Grand Slam win came at Wimbledon in 2012, making it his only win in his last 21 Grand Slam. one of three male players in Open era winning a single tournament at least eight times and Wimbledon title, alongside Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal , Andre Agassi and Rod Laver.

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Topping Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3 was his 870th match win. Nadal also improved his win streak to 15 having won the China Open last week. In Beijing, he defeated Dimitrov in a three-set semifinal.

Nadal has yet to drop serve in Shanghai.

Dimitrov extended the quarterfinal to a third set when he rebounded from a 4-2 deficit to win the second-set tiebreaker.

In the third set, Nadal saved the one break point he faced in the match in the fifth game, and broke serve in the sixth to set up victory.

"Winning a lot of matches in a row, so I'm very happy for everything," Nadal said. "Of course, being able to win the U.S. Open, Beijing, and being in the semifinals here ... I have to try to keep focus and hold that momentum. We'll see tomorrow if I can have another good day."

Fourth-seeded Marin Cilic stands between Nadal and a second ATP final in two weeks.

Cilic advanced to his first Shanghai semifinal by beating Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain 6-3, 6-4.

The 25th-ranked Ramos-Vinolas ended Cilic's streak of winning 21 service games in the sixth game of the second set.

"I was a little bit angry with myself just with not keeping up the good tennis at that moment," Cilic said.

The other quarterfinals - Juan Martin del Potro against Viktor Troicki of Serbia, and Roger Federer against Richard Gasquet - are later Friday.

Champions League winner Park to be first South Korean to carry Games flame .
Champions League winner Park Ji-sung will be the first South Korean to carry the flame for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics after the torch lighting ceremony in Olympia next week, the Greek Olympic committee said on Thursday. Park, 36, who won a string of titles with Manchester United and Eindhoven before retiring, will be the second torchbearer in Olympia, site of the ancient Greek Olympics, after Greece's Nordic skier Apostolos Aggelis at the start of the Greek relay. The ceremony, where a torch is lit by the sun's rays using a parabolic mirror, will start the countdown to the Feb.

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