Rafael Nadal is now looking to improve his record against Grigor Dimitrov after setting up a match against the Bulgarian in the semi-final of the China Open. Nadal has an 8-1 lead over Dimitrov in the FedEx ATP Head2Head series. Speaking ahead of the game, the Spaniard claimed that he regards Dimitrov to be a great player and a good friend. Since Dimitrov has shown plenty of positive form in the first few rounds of the China Open, Nadal is expecting a difficult match.
After having last won the event back in 2005 and coming into the current edition is the top seed, Nadal is hoping to end 2017 as the world number one. He will be able to do so for a fourth time in his career. Nadal finished as the world number one in 2008, 2010, and 2013. The Spaniard was able to get past John Isner in a 6-4, 7-6(0) victory. As a result, he has improved his figures to a 23-5 when it comes to the ATP World Tour 500 tournament.
Meanwhile, Dimitrov was able to strengthen his bid for topping the Nitto ATP Finals spot. The tournament will be held in the O2 Arena in London. It will be held from November 12-19. His overall figures for the season stand at 38-15 after the victory over Roberto Bautista Agut. The Bulgarian was able to overcome the Spaniard in just under 2 hours and 30 minutes. He was able to get a 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-2 win over the fifth seed in the competition.
As a result of this victory, Dimitrov has been able to move up to 3,275 points in the Emirates ATP Race To London. As a result, he remains 440 points behind Dominic Thiem who is in the fourth spot.
The matchup between Nadal and Dimitrov promises to be an exciting encounter.