Tennis - Nadal battles past Cilic into Swiss semi-finals

Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Croatia's Marin Cilic during their quarter-final match at the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament on October 30, 2015 in Basel, northern Switzerland. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (AFP Photo/FABRICE COFFRINI)
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  • Rafael Nadal
    Rafael Nadal
    Spanish tennis player
  • Marin Cilic
    Marin Cilic
    Croatian tennis player
  • Richard Gasquet
    Richard Gasquet
    French tennis player

- Rafael Nadal reached the Swiss Indoors semi-finals on Friday with a hard-fought 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 triumph over Marin Cilic, his third three-set victory this week. The 14-time Grand Slam champion from Spain will next face France's Richard Gasquet who survived 32 aces from Ivo Karlovic to keep his hopes of a World Tour Finals place alive with a 6-4, 6-7 (2/7), 7-6 (8/6) win. Nadal, the third seed, began turning his match with 2014 US Open champion Cilic on its head after going down a set and a break. "I was just fighting, always trying to find solutions in a difficult situation," said Nadal. "He played a great first set and it was tough to find any chances on return. "I changed my position (on return) a bit in the second set and it seemed to work well."

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