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LAST_UPDATEMon, 11 Dec 2017 10am

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal Results, Legends Into Quarter-Finals Amid World No.1 Race

RAFAEL Nadal has continued to scythe his way through the Shanghai Masters, reaching the quarter-finals with a 6-3 6-1 thrashing of temperamental Italian Fabio Fognini.

The Spaniard needed just 63 minutes to dispatch Fognini, taking his winning streak to 14 matches since the start of the US Open where he claimed a 16th grand slam title.

The 31-year-old is closing in on finishing the year as world No.1 for the first time since 2013.

Fognini was playing the day after being handed a suspended ban from two grand slams and $96,000 (A$123,000) fine for verbally abusing a female umpire at the US Open.

“It’s better like this than having long matches, you save, a little bit more, the body,” Nadal said. “I’ve been doing the things very well, 6-3 6-1 against a player like him for sure is a very good result for me, and being in the quarter- finals of course is great news.”

Roger Federer is the only player who can stop Nadal sealing the year-end honour for a fourth time.

The world No.2 was even swifter than Nadal, taking exactly an hour to see off Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4 6-2.

“I felt good in the first match,” Federer said. “Maybe this match-up was maybe a bit easier and I took my chances more. I’m happy I was able to do better today on the break points.

“I served very well today; when that happens, then the rallies are short. It was really a fast-court match.”

Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro won the match of the day by stopping third seed Alexander Zverev, recovering from losing the opener to win 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4.

Sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov, who saved match points on Wednesday against Ryan Harrison, had a more comfortable day as he beat American 10th seed Sam Querrey 6-3 7-6 (7-3).

Dimitrov, closing in on a first appearance at the ATP World Tour Finals, plays Nadal next.

Wimbledon runner-up Marin Cilic also eased into the quarter-finals with a 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 defeat of American Steve Johnson.

-Fox Sports