Nadal, Victoria Azarenka win 1st titles in Cincy
CINCINNATI (AP) - Rafael Nadal extended his sizzling' summer with another title in Cincinnati. Serena Williams wilted.
Nadal withstood John Isner's steamy serves and ground out a 7-6 (8), 7-6 (3) win over the top-ranked American in the finals of the Western & Southern Open on Sunday.
He won the title in Montreal a week ago and has back-to-back hard-court championships for the first time in his illustrious career. His strong showing this season - a 53-3 match record - makes him a favorite to win the upcoming U.S. Open.
The top-ranked Williams faded after the first set and lost to No. 2 Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (6), ending her 14-match winning streak. Williams beat Azarenka in three sets to win the U.S. Open last year.