(AP) – Rafael Nadal tied Andre Agassi for seventh place on the list of all-time Open Era wins when he reached the Shanghai Masters semifinals on Friday.
Topping Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3 was his 870th match win. Rafa also improved his win streak to 15 having won the China Open last week. In Beijing, he defeated Dimitrov in a three-set semifinal.
Dimitrov extended the quarterfinal to a third set when he rebounded from a 4-2 deficit to win the second-set tiebreaker. In the third set, Rafa saved the one break point he faced in the match in the fifth game, and broke serve in the sixth to set up victory.
After the match, Rafa said:
Winning a lot of matches in a row, so I’m very happy for everything. Of course, being able to win the U.S. Open, Beijing, and being in the semifinals here … I have to try to keep focus and hold that momentum. We’ll see tomorrow if I can have another good day.
Fourth-seeded Marin Cilic stands between Rafa and a second ATP final in two weeks.