Nadal sets up Federer showdown
Rafael Nadal set up a quarter-final showdown with old foe Roger Federer after overcoming the spirited challenge of Grigor Dimitrov at the ATP Western and Southern Open.
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Nadal has now won his last 12 games on hardcourts, however he didn't have things his own way as Dimitrov threatened to cause an upset.
The Spaniard, ranked four in Cincinnati, eventually came out on top 6-2 5-7 6-2 to ensure he would face Federer in the last eight.
"Always play against Roger is a special feeling," said Nadal.
"We have a great history behind us in our confrontations, so it's another quarter-finals.
"It's a special one because you're playing against a very special player. Our matches were very special always.
"But, again, it's a quarter-finals match, not the final, so that's a big difference."
Tomas Berdych also progressed into the last eight after the sixth seed brushed aside Tommy Robredo.
Berdych came out on top 6-3 6-0 and the Czech will now take on US Open and Wimbledon champion Andy Murray.