Nadal through to China Open final

Rafael Nadal is through to the final of the China Open following his three set win over Grigor Dimitrov on Saturday.

The world number one survived a second set comeback to defeat Dimitrov 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 in a touch over two hours on the hard courts of Beijing.

Dimitrov would fire ten aces but Nadal was better in the big moments, converting five break points on his way to his sixth final of the year. 

Just one break of serve decided the opening set, but Dimitrov upped the ante in the second set. Despite losing his opening service game, the Bulgarian played some superb tennis to break back twice and force a decider.

While Dimitrov came into the third set with all the momentum, Nadal brought it to a screeching halt, earning a double break to go 4-0 up thanks to a number of silky forehand winners.

Dimitrov fought to the end though, almost breaking Nadal in the sixth game, but the Spaniard broke him once more to notch up his 60th singles win of the 2017 season.

Awaiting Nadal in Sunday’s final is Nick Kyrgios, who won the battle of the young guns later in the day by defeating Alexander Zverev 6-3, 7-5.

Heading into the match, the Australian had won three of their four previous meetings, and he was able to make it four out of five after claiming a solitary break late in both sets to seal what turned out to be a relatively straightforward victory after one hour and 18 minutes on court.

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