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Rafael Nadal took advantage of his few openings Sunday against hard-serving American John Isner, grinding out a 7-6 (8), 7-6 (3) win in the Western & Southern Open that added another title to his sensational summer.
The 27-year-old Spaniard won in Montreal a week earlier and now has back-to-back hard-court championships for the first time in his illustrious career. He'd never even reached the finals in Cincinnati.
It was his fifth Masters title of the season, a career best. Nadal now is tied with Novak Djokovic for most Masters titles in a season since 1990. He's 53-3 this year and has reached the finals in 11 of his last 12 tournaments.
Isner had one of his best weeks, knocking off the top-ranked Djokovic in the quarterfinals.
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By Kevin Ware (August 15, 2013) MASON, Ohio – Grigor Dimitrov lost a tightly-contested match to Rafael Nadal 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 Thursday night at the Western and Southern Open. The loss was his third straight to Nadal after losses in Monte Carlo (’13) and Rotterdam (’09). It would be great if we could say that […]
From the USTA: August 19, 2013 – Rafael Nadal clinched the 2013 Emirates Airline US Open Series men’s title today when John Isner officially withdrew from the Winston-Salem Open in Winston-Salem, N.C., due to a hip injury. Isner was the only player who could have overtaken Nadal in the Emirates Airline US Open Series […]
MASON, Ohio Rafael Nadal accomplished new feats, while Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka replayed their dramatic final from last years U.S. Open with one major plot twist on Sunday in the championship matches at the Western & Southern Open.
Second-ranked Azarenka rallied from a dominating 26-minute loss in the first set against Williams to take her first championship in...
by JAMES HENRY
CINCINNATI – Rafael Nadal leapt for joy after he won his first championship title at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.
His emotions were clear. He was happy, grateful to be playing tennis again and especially pleased to be winning.
In front of his opponent’s home crowd, Nadal defeated top-ranked American John Isner in an incredibly competitive final...
Roger Federer is sliding in the ATP rankings, now down to No. 7.
Federer, who spent more weeks at No. 1 than anyone, already had reached his lowest spot in a decade by dropping to No. 5 after Wimbledon - and he fell two more places Monday.
Barring a withdrawal, Federer will be seeded seventh at the U.S. Open, where he won five of his 17 Grand Slam titles.
In other changes, French...
Rafael Nadal sets up quarterfinal meeting with Roger Federer.
MASON, Ohio — Rafael Nadal and Grigor Dimitrov had only met twice before Thursday evening’s three set showdown. In their first meeting, Dimitrov was a newcomer on tour, just 18 years of age. He played a great match and even took the second set against Nadal, but the then-world No. 1 was just too much for the young...
Raise your hand if you had picked Rafael Nadal to sweep these past two Masters Series events in Canada and Cincinnati. Because if you did, I think you saw something everyone else didn’t. He was playing for the first time since another Wimbledon letdown (first round loss to Steve Darcis) and on a surface...
by JAMES HENRY
CINCINNATI – Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will continue their legendary rivalry at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.
Federer defeated Tommy Haas 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 and Nadal beat Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 to set up their quarterfinal match.
It will be the 31st time that they have competed against each other. Nadal leads the head-to-head series 20...
By Kevin Ware (August 15, 2013) MASON. Ohio – The women’s quarterfinal matches were solid, but the men stole the spotlight in a spectacular day at the Western and Southern Open. John Isner beat Novak Djokovic for the second time at a Masters 1000 event during the day session, while the Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal rivalry […]