Rafael Nadal claimed his ninth title of the year, and his first ever in Cincinnati title, by defeating the big-serving American John Isner in straight sets.
Nadal came through a tight affair winning the match in two sets 7-6 7-6, to win his second title in as many weeks.
Both players looked impressive throughout the first set, as Isner, who had dropped out of the world’s top 20, continued to serve as well as he had throughout the duration of the tournament.
The big hitting American almost managed to find the first breakthrough, as he conjured up a rare couple of break points. Nadal however, produced some good serving of his own to swiftly take the set into a tie-break which he then went on to win 10-8.
The second set followed a similar pattern to the first, with Nadal failing to acquire any break points, and the match needed another tie-break to separate the two players. The second tie-break proved to be a lot more straight forward though for the Spaniard, as he went on to take it 7-3.
The win sees Nadal move back to world number two at the expense of Britain's Andy Murray, who drops down to world number three when the new rankings are released on Monday.
It also means that Murray may have to defeat both Nadal and Djokovic in order to reclaim his U.S open title which he won for the first time last year.
For Isner, the good run of form in recent weeks sees him re-enter the world’s top 20. The American also made the final in Washington earlier in the month before losing in three sets to Juan Martin Del Potro.
Isner will now head into the last Grand Slam of the year full of confidence, and providing the draw is kind to him, we could see another fine display from the 6’8 American.
The focus now turns to the U.S Open, where Rafael Nadal, providing he stays injury free, will be hot favourite to win his second grand slam of the year.
The tournament, which begins later this month, looks as though it could be one of the most open Grand Slams in years, with three of the supposed big four seemingly struggling to come to terms with the pace of the American courts.
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