SHANGHAI ROLEX MASTERS 2013
Nadal Denies Wawrinka For Shanghai SF Against Del Potro
by ATP Staff|
Rafael Nadal won his 50th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarter-final (50-9) on Friday, but was made to work hard to earn his 68th match victory of the season at the Shanghai Rolex Masters.
Nadal improved to 11-0 lifetime against Stanislas Wawrinka in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series with a 7-6(10), 6-1 win in one hour and 47 minutes.
Wawrinka saved three break points en route to a 6-5 lead, before Nadal saved two set points in a 10-minute 12th game to ensure that a tie-break decided the set.
Nadal led 3-0 in the tie-break and earned his first of three set points at 6-5. Wawrinka was unable to convert two further set points at 8-7 and 9-8, before Nadal held his serve to clinch the 75-minute opener. A stunning drop shot winner at 10-10, gave him his third set point opportunity. The tie-break lasted 23 minutes.
When asked about the first set, Nadal said, "[It was] very tough. I think I played a great set. But the court is fast. His serve was huge. He came to the court with that determination to hit every ball by taking the ball earlier, hit the ball very quick [and] go for the big shots in every moment. So [it] was very difficult to stop him.
"[The] positive thing [was that] when he was playing well, I was playing well too. I was able to resist. If I was not playing well, I [was] going to lose that set. After that, I was able to maintain the level."
Nadal recovered from 15/40 in the first game of the second set and went on to open up a 5-0 lead, before Wawrinka held serve. The Swiss is now 0-14 lifetime against World No. 1s.
Wawrinka is looking to finish in the year-end Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings and qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for the first time. He is currently in seventh position in the Emirates ATP Race To London for one of the five remaining singles spots. He drops to a 47-19 record on the season.
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Nadal will next play Juan Martin del Potro in the semi-finals. Del Potro is one match win away from qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Nadal leads del Potro 8-3 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, which includes a final victory at the BNP Paribas Open in March.
"I cannot expect a similar match to Indian Wells,” said Nadal. “Even the match was very hard there. The only way to play against him and be successful is [to] play my best tennis [and] play aggressively on this surface."
Nadal remains on course to capture a record sixth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown in a single season. He finished runner-up to Nikolay Davydenko in the 2009 Shanghai final.