Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal won the Beijing Open in 2005 Getty

Rafael Nadal takes on Grigor Dimitrov in the men's singles quarter-final clash of the 2016 China Open on Friday (7 October).

Where to watch live

The match starts at 12.30 pm BST.Live coverage of the game will be available in the UK on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD. Click here for live streaming of the game.


World No 4 Nadal has not had the best of times in 2016, struggling with injuries and loss of form for most of the year. He has been struggling with a persistent wrist problem that led to a number of experts claiming that his career was over.

The Spaniard, though, looks fit in Beijing, thrashing Paolo Lorenzi 6-1, 6-1 in the first round and looked set to repeat the performance in the second round against Adrian Mannarino, eventually needing a tie-break to win the match 6-1, 7-6 (6). Nadal has won the title once in Beijing, in 2005.

Dimitrov has had a somewhat resurgent year following a nightmare 2015. The Bulgarian finished runner-up in Sydney and Istanbul and reached the semi-final of the Cincinnati Open. Dimitrov has lost all the seven matches he and Nadal have played together.

Betting odds (888sport)

  • Rafael Nadal to win: 2/7
  • Grigor Dimitrov to win: 28/11


The duo have faced each other seven times in the ATP tour and Grand Slam events, with Nadal winning all the encounters. They last met in the round of 16 of the Basel Open with the Spaniard coming out on top 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.

China Open history

Nadal and Dimitrov have never faced each other at the China Open in the past.