The Australian will be the underdog against the French and US Open champion but has beaten Nadal this year already when knocking him out of the Cincinnati Masters at the quarter-final stage. I was playing good at the beginning of the second and probably I had nearly match point with those two break points for 3-love.
The unseeded Garcia defeated Czech 12th seed Petra Kvitova, the two-time Wimbledon champion, 6-3, 7-5.
"I think I played pretty OK tennis".
Dimitrov fought back from one set down to take it to a deciding third before Nadal proved to be too strong as he converted his second match point to seal the victory.
Despite the American managing to hit an impressive 22 aces in the quarter-final, Nadal was dominant and won in straight sets 6-4 7-6.
"It's very emotional, I think it's the first time I cried on court", Halep said after the match.
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Dubbed as the "baby Federer" in the younger days of his career, Dimitrov adopts a playing style similar to Nadal's biggest rival of his life as he is a very aggressive player looking to dictate play throughout the match.
"Of course it's the best moment in my life, and I want just to keep it", Halep said in Beijing.
Nadal will play Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov who eliminated Roberto Bautista-Agut 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-2 in a tough three-set duel.
'It was not important, but I am still feeling it a little bit'. "He's a great guy". I'm happy for him that he's having a good year.
"Tomorrow will be a tough one against Isner". If you don't use them against players like Rafa, I mean, you're going to pay for it.