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Grigor Dimitrov ends rally with spectacular drop-shot against Rafael Nadal

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Grigor Dimitrov pulled off a spectacular drop-shot against Rafael Nadal at the Shanghai Masters in an eventual 4-6 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 defeat.

Dimitrov, the World No. 9, was an obvious underdog against the in-form Nadal, but did manage to come away with something to remember. 

His drop-shot, coming at the end of an eleven-shot rally, even drew applause from his opponent for after a point described as 'sensational' by the commentator - scroll down to see the video.

The shot, came early in the match - only the third game - and wouldn't have any bearing on the set either, with Nadal taking it 6-4.

Still, it's moments like these that make tennis shine, and the skill involved means it will forever remain on the highlight reel of Dimitrov's career.

But Nadal took the match, although not without some difficulty, losing the second set on a tie-break.

The result sees the World No. 1 move into the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters where he will face 4th seed Marin Cilic.

Watch Dimitrov's half-volley winner

Despite reaching the semi-finals of the China Open recently, Dimitrov misses out on the last four this time around. 

Frustratingly for the Bulgarian, both times he has fallen to Nadal in a three-set match.

That isn't the only time his fun has been spoiled by the Spaniard, either, with Dimitrov reaching his first Grand-Slam semi-final at the start of the year at the Australian Open - only for Nadal to be waiting, again defeating him by a single set.

Still, it hasn't all been heartbreak for Dimitrov, as 2017 has also seen him take home his first Masters title after he powered through the Cincinnati Masters without dropping a set, defeating Australian Nick Kyrgios in the final.

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