The final saw Rafael Nadal finally win his first Cincinnati Masters 1000 title in the blistering hot American weather.

The victory makes it the Spaniard's ninth title of the year and his second back to back hard court tournament victory. Firstly in Montreal where he overcame the Canadian, Milos Raonic who reached the top ten for the first time in his career after reaching the final.

In the first set the two players couldn't get near each others serve with Nadal not getting one break point in the whole of the first set.

However Isner did have a handful of chances given to him by a few sloppy service games from Nadal, however he failed to make them count and his precious opportunities were soon vanished from one swing of the Spaniard's racquet.

If Isner managed to convert one of his opportunities I think he would have been in with a very good chance of getting the opening set at least as the American's serving was inspired at times, hitting 11 aces throughout the course of the match.

However once it got to the tie break longer rallies started to develop and you could tell who was going to come out on top. Nadal was hitting winners from everywhere on the court, creating impossible angles that had never been seen before on a tennis court.

When the sensational Spaniard finally got a mini-break up he managed to maintain it and clinch the set from the hands of the giant.

As the second set got under way it seemed as though Isner stuck to what he knew he could rely on; which in his case was his serve which gave him 11 aces throughout the course of the match.

The second set was pretty much the same as before with neither of them managing to get near each others service games.

It once again came down to another tie-break to sort out this closely contested match. As the two contenders got tired as the rallies seemed to lengthen and you could tell who was going to come out on top with Rafa hitting some ridiculous shots to take the tie-break 7-3.

This is going to give both of them great momentum going into the last grand slam of the year at Flushing Meadows in New York; with Isner beating three top 10 players on the way to the final ( Del Potro, Novak Djokovic, Milos Raonic).

This is also going to propel Isner's world ranking to 14 in the world which is five off his best ranking of nine.

This also puts Nadal into second in the world and overtakes the Wimbledon winner Andy Murray in the rankings. To add to this this is bound to give him an easier draw for the last grand slam of the year where he'll look to make it his 3rd straight hard court tournament victory in a row.

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