Nadal 5-7 6-4 6-3 Federer Cincinnati Masters Quarters

August 21, 2013 by
Filed under: Masters Series 1000 

Rafael Nadal 5-7 6-4 6-3 Roger Federer 2013 Cincinnati Masters Highlights

Nadal and Federer met once again this year after their Rome Masters Final. The two legends played as early as the Cincinnati Masters quarterfinals, mostly due to Roger Federer’s 5th seeding. It was their 33rd clash, an impressive head to head history.

Rafa was coming after his impressive triumph in Montreal, building on his hard-court form for the last Grand Slam event of the season. On the other side, the Swiss Champ, had a disappointing year so far, his worst since becoming a tennis star. Many ruled him out completely after his embarrassing defeats at SW19, in Hamburg and Gstaad.

However, Cincinnati is a tournament that Federer has won last year without losing his serve even once and if the former World No.1 still had some juice in him it was about time to show it. And he did by playing a vintage first set against his arch rival. Nadal played at high levels but it was not enough, he lost the opening set 5-7 to the 17-time Grand Slam Champion.

More, it looked that Federer can keep it up in the second and snatch the win. Rafa only just managed to turn this match around after coming back from 0-30 and 15-30 in back to back service games. He finally managed to break at 5-4 and leveled the score.

Momentum had clearly shifted and the Spaniard built on it to get a 3-0 lead at the start of the deciding set. They went on with serve from that moment on and Nadal had 3 match points at 5-3, 40-0 up. Federer did not surrender without giving his best and managed to come back to deuce. Nadal eventually won the game of the match after a few more points. You can check the extended highlights in the above embedded video. Nadal wen on to win Cincinnati and grab back-to-back Masters Series titles.

The 2013 US Open follows and it should be more exciting than ever. We have at least 5 big names capable of winning the title including Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro. If you wish to see who’s the biggest favorite you can check the odds trends.


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