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Nadal routs Wawrinka 6-2, 6-1 to reach Shanghai semifinals

Nadal gets 1st top-5 win in more than a year, routs Wawrinka to reach Shanghai semifinals

Nadal routs Wawrinka 6-2, 6-1 to reach Shanghai semifinals

SHANGHAI (AP) -- Rafael Nadal beat a top-five player for the first time in more than a year by defeating Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 6-1 Friday to reach the semifinals of the Shanghai Masters.

The fourth-seeded Wawrinka missed wildly on his groundstrokes throughout the match, finishing with 34 unforced errors. He was coming off a tough three-set victory over Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals that finished close to midnight the night before.

Nadal hadn't won against a top-five player since last year's French Open final when he defeated No. 2 Novak Djokovic for his 14th Grand Slam title.

Nadal will play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semifinals on Saturday after the French player topped Kevin Anderson of South Africa 7-6 (6), 5-7, 6-4.


Updated : 2021-09-18 16:01 GMT+08:00