Tennis: Nadal beats Berdych, books Cincy final against Isner
CINCINNATI, Ohio (AFP) - Spain's Rafael Nadal rolled over sixth seed Tomas Berdych 7-5, 7-6 (7/4) on Saturday to set up a Cincinnati Masters final with John Isner.
Isner benefitted as Juan Martin del Potro double-faulted on match point to open the door to the unseeded American, who took full advantage by rallying for a 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (11/9), 6-3 victory.
Nadal, seeded fourth, gave himself a chance at an ATP-leading ninth title of the season and his second in a row at the Masters 1000 level after his triumph in Montreal last week.
Nadal has defeated Isner three times without a loss.