Result: Rafael Nadal comeback stuns Fabio Fognini in Beijing

Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning a point against John Isner during the men's final of the Western & Southern Open on August 18, 2013
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Rafael Nadal fights back from the brink of defeat to record a three-set win over Italian Fabio Fognini.

World number two Rafael Nadal has come back from the brink of defeat to record a three-set victory over Fabio Fognini at the China Open.

The world number 19 wowed the Beijing crowd with a stunning display of attacking tennis to move two games away from a famous triumph, before Nadal stormed back to take the match 2-6 6-4 6-1.

The Italian player dominated the serve of his more illustrious opponent, and showed no nerves in taking the opening set for the loss of just two games.

The Fognini onslaught continued in the second with some miraculous play, with Nadal having to save break points to remain in contention, but the Italian capitulated from 4-2 and 30-0 up, to lose four games in a row.

Nadal, who is bidding to regain his place at the top of the ATP rankings, secured the early break at the start of the decider and that was enough to break Fognini's heart, and the Spaniard soon secured his passage into the semi-finals.

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ATP RankingsPoints
1Scotland flag Andy Murray7,750
2Spain Rafael Nadal7,555
3Switzerland Roger Federer7,145
4Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,780
5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
6Croatia Marin Cilic5,155
7Alexander Zverev4,470
8Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
9Japan Kei Nishikori3,285
10Canada Milos Raonic3,230
11Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,070
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,770
13Belgium David Goffin2,560
14Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,425
15Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,390
16United States Jack Sock2,335
17Pablo Carreno Busta2,305
18Lucas Pouille2,220
19United States John Isner2,110
20United States Sam Querrey2,060