Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts after scoring a point against Lucas Pouille of France during men's singles match in the China Open tennis tournament at the Diamond Court in Beijing, Oct 3, 2017. (ANDY WONG / AP)
Top-ranked Rafael Nadal moved into the semifinals of the China Open by beating sixth-seeded John Isner 6-4, 7-6 (0) on Friday.
The French Open and US Open champion has won five titles this season and is closing in on the year-end No. 1 ranking.
Nadal saved all three break points he faced against Isner. He will next play third-seeded Grigor Dimitrov, who defeated Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-2.
Earlier, second-seeded Simona Halep reached the semifinals by beating Daria Kasatkina 6-2, 6-1.
The Romanian could take over the top ranking from Garbine Muguruza. She needs to reach the final and not lose to third-seeded Elena Svitolina.
Halep will next face either ninth-seeded Jelena Ostapenko or Sorana Cirstea.