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Rafael Nadal closer to No. 1

Updated: October 4, 2013, 12:31 PM ET
Associated Press

BEIJING -- Rafael Nadal kept alive his hopes of wresting the top ranking from Novak Djokovic by rallying for a 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over Fabio Fognini of Italy in the quarterfinals of the China Open on Friday.

Djokovic, the defending champion, advanced with an impressive 6-1, 6-2 win over American Sam Querry in just 53 minutes.

Nadal, who needs to reach the final here to have a chance of displacing Djokovic, was down a set and a break but changed the tempo of the match with ...

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