The French and US Open champion took his one and only opportunity to break and that proved to be enough to eventually seal his progress in two hours and 32 minutes.
Wimbledon runner-up Marin Cilic also eased into the quarter-finals with a 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 defeat of American Steve Johnson.
Just as in China Open final, Nadal needed to battle through a three-setter to shrug off the challenge of the Bulgarian, winning 6-4 6-7 6-3. I'm happy I was able to do better today on the break points.
The 31-year-old secured an immediate break in the second set to leave his Italian opponent with a mountain to climb, and two further breaks followed as Nadal wrapped up the match after one hour and two minutes on court. He won nearly 40% of the return points, attacking the second serve of his opponent to create 10 break points, converting 3 for an easy win.
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Cilic was broken for the first time in his 29th service game of the week at 3-3 in the second set by Ramos-Vinolas. Cilnds them off with 3 winners and like it usually happens, a player who missed his chances was punished very soon.
The Swiss great, eyeing a second Shanghai Masters title, broke in the first game of the match and twice in the second set to march into the last eight.
The Croatian fourth seed Cilic beat the unseeded Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-3, 6-4 for a date with Nadal. Nonetheless, he sent a backhand long in game 7 to drop serve again and there was no returning from there since Marin sealed the deal with 2 holds at love to book his place in the semis.
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