Rafael Nadal stayed on course to wrest the top ranking from Novak Djokovic by rallying for a 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over Fabio Fognini of Italy in the China Open quarter-finals yesterday.
Nadal, who needs to reach the final to have a chance of regaining the No. 1 spot for the first time in two years, was down a set and a break, but changed the tempo with a timely service break.
Nadal, next plays fourth-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, who scored a 7-5, 6-2 win over John Isner.
Defending champion Djokovic progressed with an impressive 6-1, 6-2 win over American Sam Querry in just 53 minutes.
In women’s matches, top-ranked Serena Williams brushed aside former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki 6-1, 6-4 to set up a clash with No. 4-ranked Agnieszka Radwanska.
Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova beat local favorite Li Na 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 to set up a semi-final with Jelena Jankovic. Jankovic also came from a set down to beat Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 6-7 (3/7), 6-4, 6-4.
In the doubles Spain’s Arantxa Parra Santonja and Vera Dushevina of Russia beat Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and China’s Peng Shuai 3-6, 6-1, 10-8 to set up a final against Cara Black of Zimbabwe and Sania Mirza of India.
Additional reporting by staff writer