Rafael Nadal defeated Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka to reach the semifinals at the Shanghai Rolex Masters on Friday.
The victory wasn’t as straightforward as the last two in this tournament. The first set was played evenly on both sides, with no breaks for either player. It resulted in a tie breaker that lasted 23 minutes and 22 points. Rafa broke through with a 12-10 win to take the set at 7-6(10). Rafa broke in the second game of the second set to take a 2-0 lead. He got a second break at 4-0. There was no stopping Rafa from then on. He took the set and the match at 6-1.
Rafa will face Juan Martin Del Potro in the semifinals on Saturday.
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I tell u this guy has it in him. Great for tennis that there will henceforth b more exciting things to come
Not grieve Rafa because the season is still and the rest of Paris and World Tour tennis contrary, we want different
Eres el mejor tenista, eres mi ídolo deportivo y Dios mi razón de Ser. Yolanda Fernández Zambrano desde Bogotá Colombia
BRAVO RAFA!!! ONLY 2 more – VAAAMOOOSSS RAAAFAAA !!!!!!!
How wonderful this is my hero wins again!! Vamos Rafa!
He is so strong!!!!!! UNBELIEVABLE!! VAMOS RAAAAAFFFAAAA!!!
still pulling for you Rafa, all the way, vamoooooooooos1!
Complimenti per la bellissima partita. VAMOS MY KING RAFAEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Vamos Rafa keep going to the end of the tournament