Originally posted on Onthegotennis  |  Last updated 8/16/13
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 20-10, but they have split their hard-court encounters 6-6. Their lengthy story hasn’t diminished the excitement between them to write a new chapter. “Always play against Roger is a special feeling. We have a great history behind us in our confrontations,” Nadal said. “It’s a special one because you’re playing against a very special player.” But, he added, “It’s a quarterfinals match, not the final, so that’s a big difference.”
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