China Open: Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep reach summit

Rafael Nadal powered through to the China Open quarter-finals as he set up a clash with big-serving American John Isner.

However Nadal - a champion in Beijing 12 years ago - ultimately got back on track to win an absorbing encounter 6-3 4-6 6-1.

Nadal, the French Open and U.S. Open champion with five titles this season, is closing in on the year-end No. 1 ranking.

Nadal has had an incredible season thus far, reaching three Major finals and extending his Grand Slam haul to 16, while Dimitrov reentered the top-10 with some consistent results which allowed him to reclaim his status of being a contender at the major tournaments.

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World number one Rafael Nadal responded to a simmering debate about the amount of tennis the top stars play, saying: "We are not 20 years old any more". But Halep dominated the first set, breaking Ostapenko's serve in the first game at love.

'It was not important, but I am still feeling it a little bit'. I was playing good at the beginning of the second and probably I had nearly match point with those two break points for 3-love. I've played Rafa quite a few times.

Second-seeded Alexander Zverev also advanced to the quarterfinals, beating Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-2. So many times I was close or a couple of times I was cramping. "I think I did the things that I want to do, and I did it well, so very happy". "It's never easy. I need to, right now, just stay positive and take the positives out of it".

In contrast, Zverev smashed his racquet on the floor, earning a warning from the umpire, when Kyrgios grabbed the decisive break in the second set. If you don't use them against players like Rafa, I mean, you're going to pay for it. 'I think it was just a hair or something, a hair from the tennis ball.

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