Nadal, Dimitrov Face Off Friday In Shanghai QF
Four of the Top 6 seeds are featured in Friday’s quarter-finals at the Shanghai Rolex Masters with No. 1 Rafael Nadal, No. 2 Roger Federer, No. 4 Marin Cilic and No. 6 Grigor Dimitrov headlining the action on Stadium. No. 16 seed and 2013 finalist Juan Martin del Potro is also remaining.
In the opening match on Stadium, Cilic brings a 3-2 head-to-head record against unseeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who is one of four first-time quarter-finalists in Shanghai (Dimitrov, Gasquet, Troicki). Cilic, who has not been broken in 21 service games this week, is appearing in his second Shanghai QF (2012) and 11th QF this season (6-4 in QFs).
In the next match on, Nadal enters with a 14-match winning streak and looks for his 10th win over Dimitrov, the second in as many weeks. Nadal is 9-1 against the Bulgarian and last week he won in three sets in the Beijing SFs. If Nadal reaches the SFs, he will tie Andre Agassi for sixth place on the Open Era career wins list with 870. Dimitrov is 1-8 lifetime against World No. 1s, defeating Novak Djokovic in the 2R at 2013 ATP Masters 1000 Madrid.
In the third match on, unseeded Viktor Troicki looks for his first win (0-6) against del Potro, who will return to the Top 20 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday for the first time since Oct. 6, 2014 (at No. 19). Troicki is appearing in his second career ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final (2011 Monte-Carlo). The Argentine is trying to reach his third SF of the season (Delray Beach, US Open).
In the final match on, 2014 champion Federer takes on unseeded Richard Gasquet for the 18th time and they are meeting in the 10th different country. Federer leads the head-to-head 15-2, including 9-0 on hard courts. Federer won the last meeting in the QFs at the 2015 US Open. Gasquet has lost seven in a row to the Swiss since a 3R win at 2011 ATP Masters 1000 Rome. Federer is appearing in his fourth QF here (3-0) and he is 6-1 in QF matches in 2017. Gasquet is trying to earn his 30th career Top 10 win (29-92) and first since 2016 Roland Garros (d. Nishikori).