For the first time, Rafael Nadal captured back to back hard court titles. First in Montreal, and yesterday in Cincinanti. The Spaniard showed no signs of injury in his knees and grinded his way to victory, taking out Tomas Berdych in the semis on Saturday and upset minded John Isner yesterday.
The matchup with Isner was most intriging because Nadal didn’t even have a break point but still ended up winning in straight sets. 2 typical tiebreakers when going up against the big serving American. Credit to Nadal though for coming through in the tiebreakers and holding serve time in and time out.
Big confidence booster for Isner though. He had been struggling for most of the year and picked up some great wins here against Mayer, Gasquet, Raonic, Djokovic, and Del Potro. I do question his choice to play Winston Salem though. He may be the 2 time defending champion, I am afraid he will run out of gas by the late stages of the Open.
Speaking of the Open, we have one week until day 1 of the open and one day till the start of qualifying! The US Open Playoff Singles final is today between former collegiate starts Jeff Dadamo and Matija Pekovic. The winner gets a wild card into the qualies. We will be back with Winston Salem coverage and US Open qualifying coverage, specifically focusing on the Americans in the group. Enjoy the tennis!