Rafael Nadal was the unbeatable player in 2008, winning two major titles and becoming world No. 1 in August. Rafa picked up 32 straight victories for the best performance of his career before Novak Djokovic finished in the Cincinnati semi-finals.. Nadal wins the Roland crown Garros was a fourth in a row in June. by losing four games against Roger. Federer in the final
Nadal showed that form on grass and beat Queens and Wimbledon. by winning a major championship outside clay for the first time three weeks later The Spaniard lifted the trophy in Toronto for the fifth time in a row since Hamburg. Become a true contender for the ATP throne that Roger Federer has held since 2004.
Rafa didn’t have much time to celebrate his Canadian crown. Heading to Ohio to compete at the Cincinnati Masters, Nadal desires to run more reliably than in previous years. First place on the fastest list on the calendar. Rafa used the draw and beat Florent Serra, Tommy Haas and Nicolas Lapennti to reach the semi-finals. in which he faced the world No. 1 .
3 Novak Djokovic is the 13th meeting between these two boys. Nadal has won the previous nine titles. including victories in Hamburg, Roland Garros and Queens in recent months. Still, the Serb ousted Nadal in March at Indian Wells. hoping to get more in Cincinnati After being a much better player on a fast hardcore court.
Djokovic put on a strong showing, beating Nadal 6-1, 7-5 in one hour and 26 minutes, ending the Spaniard’s career-best streak of 32 consecutive victories! Nadal could replace Federer at the top of the ATP on August 18 before the tournament.
Even so, he still wanted to stay on the winning path and add to the position he was missing in his collection. only being rejected by a strong competitor Djokovic struggled to find first serve especially in the first set.
Novak Djokovic ended Rafael Nadal’s 32-game winning streak in Cincinnati in 2008.
Still, there was nothing wrong with his first shot. Defeat great opponents from the baseline with deep, aggressive grounding..
Novak catches the ball quickly and collects points on his racquet. He produced a clear 48-36 score in as many as six matches. Forced to have a short exchange and refused to allow Nadal to extend the time The Serb took 19 out of 25 on his second serve.
This element makes all the difference. as he faced only one chance to break in the entire encounter. By keeping the pressure on the other side, Nadal, on the other hand, offered the Serb 4 breaks and made 1 save, unable to deliver a decisive match after 3 losses.
Rafa improved significantly in the second set, however, he was eliminated during the school break to suffer his first defeat since the start of May and Rome! Novak begins a love encounter. He demolished Nadal in the second game without losing a point, coming back well and taking time off from the Spaniard’s shot.
Rafa made two mistakes in the fourth game and gave his opponents another chance. Novak grabbed it with the winner’s striker and made it 4-0 up, Djokovic’s ground ball ablaze and he nailed another backhand winner to send him 5-0 up, smashing Rafa off the line. behind and keep everything under control. The Spaniard finally had his name on the scoreboard in game six before the Serb closed the opener. Set up with another reliable hold to 6-1 after 26 minutes.
Rafa started to play better in the second set. By finding a great winner and easier to hold in the early stages of the clash. Novak also spewed more errors and offered Rafa a chance to rest in game six after dropping his forehand.
The Serb saved it with a fine forward attack in an 18-stroke rally and leveled at 3-3 with two service winners, refusing to give their opponent momentum. Rafa had a love for games seven and nine to keep the pressure on Novak.
The Serb concentrated on those crucial moments and followed in the footsteps of their opponents. Novak found a nice return at 5-5 to break down the 15th Rafa and move ahead. Serving for victory in Game 12, Djokovic scored three winners to close out the encounter and reach his first Cincinnati Finals.
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