Nadal outlasts Cilic to reach Shanghai final

 14 Oct 2017 - 14:42

Nadal outlasts Cilic to reach Shanghai final
Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates his victory against Marin Cilic of Croatia during their men's singles semi-final match at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai on October 14, 2017. / AFP / CHANDAN KHANNA

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Shanghai: Rafael Nadal survived a rollercoaster encounter with fourth seed Marin Cilic to power into Sunday's final of the Shanghai Masters and a possible showdown with old rival Roger Federer.

The Spanish world number one, who has never won the tournament but is on a terrific run of form, finally saw off the Croatian after saving three set points in the opener on the way to a tense 7-5, 7-6 (7/3) victory.

Number two Federer plays Juan Martin del Potro in the other semi-final later Saturday after the Argentine said he was fit despite hurting his wrist in a fall in the quarter-finals.