Rafael Nadal will play Marin Cilic in the semi-finals
Nadal took some time finding his feet in the early stages with Grigor Dimitrov’s powerful serve proving some concern for the world number one.
Dimitrov even found himself on break point at the first opportunity but Nadal held on to his serve – just.
The Spaniard soon found his stride with some ferocious forehand winners that had the crowd on their feet.
And with the scores at 4-4, Nadal eventually broke the Bulgarian with three break points at his mercy.
The second set proved much ore difficult for the world no1 though and had to be decided via a tie-break.
Nadal raced ahead but found the net three times in the latter stages of the tie-break as Dimtrov took it it 7-4.
Dimitrov battled hard in the final set but Nadal was keen to avoid going the distance once more and took the final set 6-3.
Nadal will play Marin Cilic in the semi-final after the Croation breezed past Albert Ramos Vinolas in the earlier match.
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