Rafael Nadal will play qualifier Benjamin Becker of Germany in round 2 of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.
Date: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 (local)
Time: Not before 1:00 am CET & 12:00 am BST (Thu 15/8), 7:00 pm local
Rafael Nadal is playing in Cincinnati for the ninth time and has a career tournament record of 13-8. His best result was reaching back-to-back semi-finals in 2008-09 losing to Djokovic both times. Last week he captured his 25th career ATP Masters 1000 title, 58th overall in Montreal (d. No. 1 Djokovic in SF, d. Raonic in F) and moved to No. 3 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. He enters with a 48-3 (10-0 on hard) match record and has reached the final in 10 of 11 tournaments this year (8-2 in finals).
Rafa played and defeated Becker once, in Miami, on a hard court:
|Year||Tournament & City||Surface||Round||Winner & Score|
|2008||ATP Masters Series Miami
7-5, 6-2 Stats