13 Oct 2013

Nadal knocked out of Shanghai semis

1:14 pm on 13 October 2013

World number one Rafael Nadal has been dumped out of the Shanghai Masters by inspired Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, who blew the Spaniard away with a relentless display of brutal hitting to set up a final against Novak Djokovic.

The giant Del Potro, fresh from winning the Japan Open, went into the semi-final at the Qizhong Tennis Centre trailing 8-3 in head-to-heads, but rocked Nadal with a double break in the first set and kept up the pressure to win 6-2 6-4.

Earlier, top seed Djokovic swept aside Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2 7-5 to earn the chance to defend his title.