Rafael Nadal who is now the world’s number one in tennis produced a masterful display to reach the Shanghai master final and take down Croat Marin Cilic.
The opening game provided much entertainment in the first semi-final, as it fluctuated during a 10 minute spell in which Marin Cilic had served at 40-0. Marin Cilic who will rise to the position of fourth career- best made three set points after so much pressure from Rafael Nadal, who won the opener in less than 69 minutes.
Rafael who is seeking a seventh title in 2017 was broken twice in the second by Cilic but later won the match in two hours 11 minutes. The Spaniard champion Rafael Nadal broke in the third game of the second set after Cilic netted two volleys but then lost his own serve as his drop colley also went into the net.
Cilic saved three break points in game nine but then a stunning whipped Nadal forehand down the line on the run created a break that he duly seized.
Cilic did not finish there, after saving a match point he dispatched more powerful shots from the baseline to break again.
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Rafael Nadal conceded only three points in his first four games on serve while Marin Cilic comprised 30 points in his first two service games. But the one time US Open champion in 2014 and beaten finalist at Wimbledon this year gradually imposed himself on proceedings.
And a crunching forehand down the line from the back of the court earned two break points. Marin Cilic was unable to take those as Rafael demonstrated his strong power of tenacity and the Croat. Having saved six break points, Rafael eventually conceded the only break of the set.