Published: Sat, October 07, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev headlines semifinal lineup — ATP Beijing

Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev headlines semifinal lineup — ATP Beijing

The French Open and U.S. Open champion has won five titles this season and is closing in on the year-end No. 1 ranking. "I don't remember a lot of mistakes. For me it's an important one and I'm very happy". 'I think it was just a hair or something, a hair from the tennis ball. In the ensuing tie-breaker, Nadal with some relentless back-court hitting, did not give Isner a semblance of a chance.

Nadal is set to play the semi-final against Grigor Dimitrov, World No.8, who on Friday eliminated Roberto Bautista 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-2 in a tough duel.

Nadal will go into the semi-finals with confidence, having beaten Dimitrov eight out of the nine times they have faced. The two also spent time fishing.

The 22-year-old Australian initially said he would give $10 for each ace toward emergency relief on the United States island following Hurricane Maria, which hit two weeks ago leaving more than 30 people dead and thousands homeless. "But we had some good dinner". Also booking a semifinal berth was Australian Nick Kyrgios.

The world No 1 beat John Isner 6-4 7-6 despite earlier being troubled with his sight.

Kyrgios, seeded eighth in China, will face second seed Alexander Zverev in the last four after the German ended Russian teenager Andrey Rublev's impressive run with a routine 6-2 6-3 victory.

Simona Halep took a step nearer overhauling Garbine Muguruza as world number one when the Romanian raced into the semifinals of the women's draw.

She will meet the victor of the quarter-final between Ukrainian third seed Elina Svitolina and unseeded Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia.

Petra Kvitova advanced by beating Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4.

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