Nadal overcomes Berdych to set up Cincinnati final against Isner

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Rafael Nadal continues his outstanding 2013 with another final appearance after defeating Tomas Berdych in straight sets 7-5 7-6. It is the fourteenth win in a row for Nadal over the Czech, while he has also taken 32 of the last 34 sets played between the two.

Nadal was outstanding on serve in the first, winning 20 of the first 22 points on serve, but was unable to get much of a read on the Berdych serve for the majority of the set either. However, he would finally make his breakthrough at 5-5, breaking from 30-0 after Berdych volleyed out on break point. He would need all three of his set points to serve it out to take a one set advantage.

Nadal had chances to take full control in the set but would fail to convert two break points at 1-1. Berdych would be thankful for a poor service game from Nadal which allowed him to earn his first break of the match. However, Nadal would break straight back and hold despite a string of double faults.

Unlike in the first, Berdych would eventually hold for 6-5 and ensure at least a tiebreak which Nadal would confirm with a easy love hold. After trading mini-breaks early on, Nadal would reel off three straight points for a 5-2* lead and picked up another for a *6-3 lead. He would convert on the second match points to improve his record on hard courts to 14-0 this year.

John Isner awaits in the final after the American came back from match point down to defeat Juan Martin Del Potro.  Nadal leads the head to head 3-0, with their most recent meeting the 2011 French Open match which Nadal went on to win in 5.

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