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Azarenka, Nadal win

Mon., Aug. 19, 2013

Rafael Nadal extended his sizzling’ summer with another title in Cincinnati. Serena Williams wilted. Nadal (pictured, right) 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. His 53-3 match record this season 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 (pictured, left) in three sets to win the U.S. Open last year. – AP


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