Result: Juan Martin del Potro upsets Rafael Nadal in China

Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina celebrates his win over Feliciano Lopez of Spain during the Western & Southern Open on August 15, 2013
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World number one Rafael Nadal loses out to Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro in the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters.

Juan Martin del Potro overcame world number one Rafael Nadal to reach the final of the Shanghai Masters in China this afternoon.

The Argentine gained the initiative early on, before going on to hold his nerve in the closing stages to seal a 6-2 6-4 victory.

Having performed well on the hard courts for the majority of the season, this time around Nadal made numerous unforced errors in the opening set. Del Potro took full advantage as he broke on two occasions to open up a one-set advantage in 46 minutes.

The second set was much more competitive, but Nadal continued to struggle to make any inroads on the Del Potro serve.

Having broken his Spanish opponent early on, the 2009 US Open champion had the chance to serve for the match at 5-4 and he duly obliged to set up a meeting with Serbian Novak Djokovic in tomorrow's final.

Del Potro, who has now qualified for the season-ending World Tour Finals at London's O2 Arena, has never previously won an ATP 1000 Masters title.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates his win over Fabio Fognini of Italy during the Shanghai Rolex Masters at the Qi Zhong Tennis Center on October 10, 2013
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