Ninth semifinal and 60th match won this year for Rafael Nadal, who defeated Grigor Dimitrov by 6-3 4-6 6-1 to reach his fourth Beijing final. 'I was a bit lucky to get the break in the first game of the third', the World No.
1 admitted in press conference. 'But I think I was playing great. I played a great first set, in my opinion. I was playing good at the beginning of the second. Probably I had almost match point with that two breakpoints for 3-Love double break.
The dynamic had been so good until that moment. After that, I didn't win that two points. He started to push me. I stopped a little bit to go for the points, no? I have been too many times in defending positions. Then, of course, he's very good.
In the third, again, I feel that I started going little bit more for the points again. Is true that in one moment of the second set, my serve didn't work that well, and my backhand, I stopped a little bit with the backhand, too.
But then I find the rhythm at the beginning of the third again. I think I played a great third set.' After 11 years, you made it to the China Open men's singles final. How do you feel about that? 'Very happy to be in that final again.
Of course, is very important achievement for me to continue with the positive feelings after winning the US Open. Be back here and be in the final with that very tough draw I had since the beginning is a great effort. So very happy.
I am very pleased the way that I have been playing the whole week, after saving a very tough first day. So here I am. I am in the final. Very important points, too, for me, and another chance tomorrow to compete in a big match.
That's important for me. That's why we practice every day and we try to improve every morning. Tomorrow is another day. Happy for that. Let's try my best tomorrow.' At 31 age he still wins against younger players and he is having a consistent year and unexpected year. 'I had good returns both in 2010 and 2013, but doing it again when you're older, makes everything more special', the Spaniard said about his longevity.
'It has been an emotional and fantastic year. It has been a good tournament for me, but between winning and losing there is always difference.' Speaking about the final against Nick Kyrgios or Alexander Zverev, Nadal said: 'Both are very young, very talented players.
Let's see. With Nick, I lost one month or one month and a half ago in Cincinnati. With Sascha, I played some very tough matches in the past. He's playing so well during the whole season, but especially this second part of the season.
Will be a very tough match. I need to play on my best if I want to have chances against any of them. I going to try to make that happen. I hope to be ready to play very well.' ALSO READ: Revealed: Roger Federer's opponents at the 2018 Hopman Cup