"I don't understand how I can lose a match where I get broken one time in three sets and not managed to get any chances on his serve", said Zverev, who is tipped to one day make world number one.
"It's true that at the end of the second, that tie-break, I made a couple of mistakes with the forehand". I know that I need to be focused with my serve again, and I need to play aggressive and don't let him play from comfortable positions.
1 just about beat his friend Dimitrov, the sixth seed, 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3 to stay on course for a possible glamour final with old rival Roger Federer.
But Nadal, striving for his maiden title in Shanghai, regained his form in the deciding set, broke the Bulgarian's service in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead and eventually closed the two-hour and 32 minute battle with a 6-3 decider win.
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Kohli has scored 1852 runs at an average of 54.47 while he was not out for 13 times in 47 innings of 51 matches in global T20. The Men in Blue have won four out of the five ODIs played between them and the Kangaroos on the latter's tour to India .
The 16-times grand slam victor, who beat Dimitrov in three sets in the China Open semi-finals last week, fired 32 winners and won two crucial breaks to prevail in two and a half hours at the Qi Zhong Centre.
Dimitrov, at 2-2 in the decisive set, had Nadal's back to the wall and forced the Spaniard to survive a break point. Nadal ultimately prevailed, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-3. "But I think he's still very young and he needs to keep learning, as he's doing now", said the Argentine, 23 in the world.
Rafael Nadal will try to reach his second Shanghai final in career.
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