Cincinnati Masters 2013: Rafael Nadal beats John Isner in final

Cincinnati Masters 2013: Rafael Nadal reflects on an "amazing" victory after battling past John Isner to win the title

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Rafael Nadal is unbeaten on hard courts this year Photo: Marianne Bevis

Rafael Nadal reflected on an “amazing” victory after battling past John Isner to win his first-ever Cincinnati Masters title.

The Spaniard continued his brilliant hart-court form with a 7-6 (8) 7-6 (3) win over the big-serving American to ensure he remains unbeaten on the surface this year.

“It’s amazing. I’m very happy for everything,” said Nadal, after he racked up his 59th career title and first in nine attempts at Cincinnati.

“Unfortunately I didn’t have the chance to play very well during all my career here in Cincinnati and this year was the first time I felt I was playing well.

“Congratulations to John, who had an amazing week winning against the top opponents.”

He continued: “I didn’t have a lot of chances in the match. It’s very difficult to deal with his serve. I tried in every moment to play with concentration in every moment. I have to be patient and wait for my moment in these kind of matches.”

Nadal’s stunning form on the hard courts sets him up as the favourite heading into this month’s US Open.

But the 27-year-old preferred not to look far ahead after his triumph. He added: “For the moment, it’s very important to win here in Cincinnati.

“The US Open is a week away so for me winning in Montreal and now here means a lot. Right now, it’s the moment to enjoy it.

“In a few days I’m going to start thinking about the US Open and hopefully I’ll be ready for that.”

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