Nadal overcomes Isner, faces Dimitrov in China Open semis
Beijing Oct 6 (IANS) Rafael Nadal survived the powerful serves of John Isner on Friday and advanced to the China Open semi-finals with a 6-4 7-6(0) victory in a tennis match that lasted one hour and 44 minutes.
Nadal got his revenge after losing to Isner in the Laver Cup this time using his opponent s faults and handling his power serves reports Efe.
The World No.1 was able to take the first set after breaking the American s serve and leading 5-4 successfully finishing 6-4 with his serve.
In the second set the two players stayed 6-6 for a while until a tiebreaker in which Isner s performance declined and the Spaniard took his chance and won the match.
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.