World Number 3 Rafael Nadal also referred as the “King of Clay Court” has added another ATP 1000 Masters Title in his kitty. Rafael Nadal defeated his American opponent John Isner in straight sets to win Cincinnati Masters for first time in his glorious tennis career. This year is turning out to be the best year for Rafael Nadal if we look in to the number of title he has won this year. He was playing in his second consecutive hard court final after the winning the Rogers Cup 2013 in straight sets against Canadian Milos Raonic. Rafael Nadal has already won 9 titles out of 12 events he participated in this tennis calendar year.
Rafael Nadal looked in good form throughout this tournament in which he defeated Greg Dimitrov, roger Federer and Thomas Berdych to make his way into the finals. While the other finalist John Isner defeated Milos Raonic, World no.1 tennis player Novak Djokovick and Juan Martin Del Potro to get into the finals. Rafael Nadal and John Isner displayed their best tennis in this hard court event to make their place into the finals.
It was expected to be tight final as Rafael Nadal is in the form of his life while John Isner plays incredibly good on the hard court. Before this meeting both Nadal and Isner faced each other 3 times, all of them were won by the Spaniard Rafael Nadal. Rafael Nadal got stiff competition from American John Isner in first set and set went into the tie-breaker. In tie-breaker Nadal won it 10-8 and won the first set 7-6. In 2nd set too Isner started aggressively, but Nadal responded equally well to him. 2nd Set went to the tie breakers also which was eventually won by the Nadal 7-3 in tie breakers and set with score of 7-6.
John Isner saved his best for his home crowd as he had 14 titles out of the 16 titles in the US, hit 11 aces but couldn’t crack the strong defense of Rafael Nadal. Isner also failed to convert the three hard earned break-points. Rafael Nadal committed only 8 unforced errors in comparison of the 19 by John Isner. Isner didn’t give even a single chance at break point to the Spaniard. In his 9th attempt he made it to the finals for the first time won it within 2 hours. Winning second set Rafael Nadal also won the Cincinnati Masters title for the first time. With this win Nadal extended his lead over the Isner to 4-0 in head to head meetings.
This was Nadal’s 11th final in the 12 tournaments he participated after making the comeback from the injury after the gap of 7 months. Rafael Nadal won the two consecutive hard court events for the first time in his illustrious career. Rafael Nadal also increased his tally of ATP 1000 Masters Title to 26 which is a world record followed by 21 titles of Swiss Legend Roger Federer. Cincinnati Masters win has also increased his career title from 58 to 59 titles.
Rafael Nadal also known as Clay King has now 15 straight win on the Hard court and looks pretty set for 2nd US Open title. Nadal has a record of 50-3 win-loss this season after making the comeback from the injury and he looks all set for US open starting from 26th August. He won the US Open once in his career in 2010 when was seeded number 1 in the tournament. Win at the Cincinnati Masters also made him world number two displacing British Andy Murray.
Congratulations to All Rafael Nadal Fans !!!