Federer and Nadal quarter-final clash in Cincinnati

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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will be meeting for the 31st time in their career as they are poised to clash in the Cincinnati Masters 2013 quarter-finals. Check out their Head to Head Here.

Former world no.1 and 17 time Grand Slam champion Federer had to dig deep against Tommy Haas as he came back from a set and a break down to eventually clinch the match 1-6 7-5 6-3.

The Swiss struggled against the on top form playing German at the beginning of the encounter. After losing the first set and trailing 4-2 in the second, time was running out for Roger. However, he once more managed to find his range, not only did he break Haas to level the set at 4-4, but rallied to take Tommy’s serve once more in the 12th game, forcing a decider.

Federer, despite not performing his best tennis, raised his game in set 3 against the frustrated German, improving their H2H to 12-3.

In the evening session, last week’s Montreal Masters winner Rafael Nadal also needed three sets to overcome Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov, beating him 6-2 5-7 6-2.

There was never really doubt about the outcome of this match. Although Dimitrov showed flashes of brilliance in the second set, Rafa dominated the decider with some immaculate shot making, dictating most of the rallies.

It is great to see Nadal back to his very best after his shock Wimbledon exit against Darcis.

 

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