Tennis: No-nonsense Nadal breezes into Shanghai last 8, to play Dimitrov next, Federer also through

Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a return during his men's third round singles match against Fabio Fognini of Italy at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai on Oct 12, 2017.
Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a return during his men's third round singles match against Fabio Fognini of Italy at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai on Oct 12, 2017.PHOTO: AFP
Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria hits a return during his men's third round singles match against Sam Querrey of the US at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai on Oct 12, 2017.
Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria hits a return during his men's third round singles match against Sam Querrey of the US at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai on Oct 12, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

SHANGHAI (AFP) - Rafael Nadal underlined his status as tennis' world No. 1 and the man to beat at the Shanghai Masters, as he powered into the quarter-finals at the expense of Fabio Fognini on Thursday.

The 31-year-old Spaniard was comfortable in seeing off the 28th-ranked Italian 6-3, 6-1 and will play sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov in the last eight.

Top seed Nadal is chasing a seventh title this season, but a career-first Shanghai Masters.

His great rival, second seed Roger Federer and the 2014 champion here, dismissed Ukrainian qualifier Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 6-2 in 61 minutes.