World number one Rafael Nadal has reached the final of the Shanghai Masters by beating Marin Cilic in straight sets. He booked his place in this year’s main event with a 7-5, 7-6(3) victory over the Croatian number one.
Cilic created three set points after early pressure from Rafa, who won the opener in 67 minutes. Rafa was broken twice in the second but won a fine match in two hours and 11 minutes.
After the match, Rafa said:
Very happy. Of course I played I think a very high level of tennis. It was a great match again. I don’t know what he said, if he already talked or what he’s going to say later, I don’t know, but in my opinion, he played well, too. Was a great, good quality of tennis this afternoon.
Rafa is on course to win his 76th singles title and will now face either Roger Federer or Juan Martin del Potro in the final on Sunday. Our champ claimed his sixth title of the year with victory in Beijing last week.
Rafa will try to win a 31st career ATP Masters 1000 title, which would break the record that he shares with Novak Djokovic.