Rafael Nadal rallies to enter first semi-final of the year

Beijing: Rafael Nadal came from behind against hard-hitting Jack Sock on Friday to reach the China Open semi-finals and set up a rematch with his shock US Open conqueror Fabio Fognini.

Rafael Nadal celebrates his win over Jack Sock in Beijing yesterday. PIC/AFP

The Spanish great, scrapping to recover his form after a tough year, was frequently outgunned by the American's howitzer forehand but he dug deep to see off the World No 30, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

"This year I lost a lot of matches when I had an advantage. So to have the chance to win a match when I start losing this one, so it’s important for me, too," Nadal said. Nadal had not reached a hardcourt semi-final for more than a year, but he will now play Fognini, who stunned him last month in the US Open third round, for a place in the title match.

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