Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal’s growing confidence was clear for all to see as the Spaniard dismissed Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 6-1 on Friday to reach the semifinals of the Shanghai Rolex Masters.

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal
Nadal might not have received the test he expected from a tired Wawrinka, who toiled for almost three hours on Thursday to overcome former US Open winner Marin Cilic.

The eighth seeded Spaniard, who reached the Beijing final last week, needed just 63 minutes to send the Swiss fourth seed crashing out.

From 2-2 in the first set, Nadal started to surge and reel off nine straight games before Wawrinka chalked up a game in the second set to avoid a bagel.

Having lost his past two contests with Wawrinka, Nadal improved to a 13-2 overall head-to-head record against the Roland Garros champion.

As he looks to reach his sixth ATP World Tour final of the season, the Spaniard will face Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, whom he has beaten in eight of their past 11 meetings. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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