Nadal and Federer cruise in Shanghai

Rafael Nadal

The 16-time Grand Slam victor saw off the Bulgarian Dimitrov in Beijing last week but suffered some hairy moments in getting the better of him again in a nervy quarter-final played in overcast conditions.

The top seed needed three sets to beat Dimitrov at the semi-final stage in Beijing last week and it was a similar story as he matched Andre Agassi's tally of 870 career wins to go joint-sixth on the Open Era list.

The Croat did maintain his own flawless set record on Friday after beating Albert Ramos-Vinolas, 6-3, 6-4, and he'll be looking to add another Spanish conquest to his record when he faces Nadal in Shanghai on Saturday.

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(4) Marin Cilic bt. I'm happy I was able to do better today on the break points.

Nadal made the difference with his second serve, winning 17 out of 24 points to face just 2 break points, saving both to keep his service games intact.

In the quarterfinals, Nadal will meet the iron with the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.

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Earlier in the day, World No. 5 Cilic became the first man to reach the semifinals of the Shanghai Masters when he brushed aside Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

World number nine Dimitrov had the first break-point opportunity in the second game, but Nadal denied the Bulgarian and the Mallorca native was punching the air after unleashing a blistering forehand victor to go a break up at 5-4.

Nadal and Cilic have met five times in the past, and the Spaniard has won in four of those clashes, per the official ATP World Tour website, the only win for Cilic coming in their first encounter all the way back in 2009.

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