New Delhi: Rafael Nadal continued his sizzling form to reach the semi-final of the Shanghai Masters. The top seed had a tough outing but eventually overcame Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-3 in a tough three-set match. Nadal is looking to consolidate his number one ranking, so that he could end the year on a high. He is looking to be the numero uno player at the end of the year, a feat he last achieved in 2013.

Nadal had earlier also scooped the title at the last Major of the year, the US open. Nadal will now face Marin Cilic in the semi-final. Cilic had an easy victory against Albert Ramos-Vinolas. He won 6-3, 6-4.

Coming back to Nadal, the Spaniard was quoted to be saying by IANS after the match “It was a very tough match. I think both of us, we played at a very high level of tennis. The conditions, of course, have been different today than the two previous matches.”

“It was the first match for me outdoors, so is a different story, but at the same time, I enjoyed. I think it was a great battle between two players who are playing all the time very focused.”