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Tennis: Nadal outlasts Cilic to reach Shanghai final

AFP , Saturday 14 Oct 2017
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Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates winning his match during his men's semifinals singles match against Marin Cilic of Croatia at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai on October 14, 2017 (Photo: AFP)
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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.

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