19 Aug 2013

Nadal wins in Cincinnati

8:18 am on 19 August 2013

The Spanish tennis player Rafa Nadal has continued his good hardcourt form beating John Isner in two tie-break sets to win the Cincinnati Masters and he'll head to the US Open as a hot favourite.

Unbeaten on the surface in 15 matches this year and coming off a win in Montreal, the third ranked Nadal, who will move up to number two in the world tomorrow, won back-to-back hardcourt finals on consecutive weeks for the first time in his career.

Nadal needed nearly two hours to tame the towering in-form American, who had knocked off three top 10 players, including world number one Novak Djokovic, to earn his spot in the final.

It was the 59th win of Nadal's career but first in nine tries on the Cincinnati hardcourts.