Nadal into 4th China Open semifinals

Watch as Rafael Nadal greets the smiling ball kids of the 2017 China Open in Beijing. Video China Open

But many of his rivals are suffering injury or fatigue as the season approaches its climax, with Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, China Open defending champion Andy Murray and Japanese star Kei Nishikori all missing.

Nadal looked better in his second round victory over Karen Khachanov, winning by a 6-3, 6-3 scoreline while avenging a loss to American John Isner from last week's Laver Cup, taking out the big-serving Isner 6-4, 7-6 (0) in the quarterfinals.

Nadal took immediate control of the third set, racing to a 4-0 lead.

Kyrgios dominated the first set and the hard-hitting Australian served seven aces in the second to frustrate 20-year-old Zverev who was favourite to progress after sealing his spot in the ATP Finals on Friday.

Halep will become the first Romanian woman to achieve the feat.




She will now have an opportunity to avenge her French Open final defeat to Jelena Ostapenko after the Latvian defeated Romania's Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 6-4.

"Of course it's the best moment in my life, and I want just to keep it", Halep said in Beijing. So many times I was close or a couple of times I was cramping. "For me it's an important one and I'm very happy". "To win a Grand Slam". Petra Kvitova, the two-time Wimbledon champion from the Czech Republic, faces Caroline Garcia of France or Ukraine's Svitolina in the other semi-final.

Halep will play the victor of the semifinal between Garcia and Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic.

Goffin, chasing his second consecutive title after winning in Shenzhen last week, saw off Richard Gasquet 7-5 6-2 and Schwartzman was a 6-0 7-5 victor over Steve Johnson.

In the third set, Nadal proved to be too strong starting with an immediate break on a curling forehand into the open court.

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