Cincinnati QF: Rafael Nadal vs. Roger Federer

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With a three set victory over Grigor Dimitrov in round 3, Rafael Nadal set the stage for a quarterfinal showdown with Roger Federer at the Western and Southern Open on Friday.

Date: Friday, August 16, 2013 (local)

Time: Not before 1:00 am CET & 12:00 am BST (Sat 17/8), 7:00 pm local

Live Stream:  Fromsport and ATDHE

This will be the 31st meeting between Rafa and Federer, with Rafa leading the series 20-10. The two, however, are even on hard courts, with six wins each. Rafa has defeated Federer twice on the hard courts at the Australian Open, of which once was in the final. Their last hard court meeting was in Indian Wells in March this year, where Rafa defeated Federer in the quarterfinals (and incidentally, the last time Federer beat Rafa was also in Indian Wells, in the semifinals in 2012). Their most recent meeting was on clay, however, when Rafa won the final over Federer in the Rome Masters.

Rafa has held serve 20 of 22 games (91%) in first two rounds and has broken opponents nine times. His best result was reaching back-to-back semi-finals in 2008-09 losing to Novak Djokovic both times. Also reached quarter-finals in 2010 (l. to Baghdatis) and 2011 (l. to Fish). Did not play last year (knee injury).

Federer, the oldest player left in the draw at 32, is playing in his 60th career ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final (46-13 mark) and Nadal is appearing in his 58th (48-9 mark). Federer is 1-5 this season against Top 10 opponents while Nadal is an ATP World our-best 13-1. The 27-year-old Spaniard is off to a career best 50-3 start (12-0 on hard) with eight titles this season.

Long touted as one of the greatest tennis rivalries, and agreed so by both Rafa and Federer, Fedal is always a pleasure to watch. The winner of this match will play the winner of the match between Tomas Berdych and Andy Murray.

Year Tournament & City Surface Round Winner & Score
2013 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome
Italy
Clay F Nadal, Rafael
6-1, 6-3 Stats
2013 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells
CA, U.S.A.
Hard Q Nadal, Rafael
6-4, 6-2 Stats
2012 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells
CA, U.S.A.
Hard S Federer, Roger
6-3, 6-4 Stats
2012 Australian Open
Australia
Hard S Nadal, Rafael
6-7(5), 6-2, 7-6(5), 6-4 Stats
2011 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals
Great Britain
Hard RR Federer, Roger
6-3, 6-0 Stats
2011 Roland Garros
France
Clay F Nadal, Rafael
7-5, 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-1 Stats
2011 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid
Spain
Clay S Nadal, Rafael
5-7, 6-1, 6-3 Stats
2011 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami
FL, U.S.A.
Hard S Nadal, Rafael
6-3, 6-2 Stats
2010 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals
London, England
Hard F Federer, Roger
6-3, 3-6, 6-1 Stats
2010 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid
Spain
Clay F Nadal, Rafael
6-4, 7-6(5) Stats
2009 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid
Spain
Clay F Federer, Roger
6-4, 6-4 Stats
2009 Australian Open
Australia
Hard F Nadal, Rafael
7-5, 3-6, 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-2 Stats
2008 Wimbledon
Great Britain
Grass F Nadal, Rafael
6-4, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-7(8), 9-7 Stats
2008 Roland Garros
France
Clay F Nadal, Rafael
6-1, 6-3, 6-0 Stats
2008 ATP Masters Series Hamburg
Germany
Clay F Nadal, Rafael
7-5, 6-7(3), 6-3 Stats
2008 ATP Masters Series Monte Carlo
Monaco
Clay F Nadal, Rafael
7-5, 7-5 Stats
2007 Tennis Masters Cup
China
Hard S Federer, Roger
6-4, 6-1 Stats
2007 Wimbledon
Great Britain
Grass F Federer, Roger
7-6(7), 4-6, 7-6(3), 2-6, 6-2 Stats
2007 Roland Garros
France
Clay F Nadal, Rafael
6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 Stats
2007 ATP Masters Series Hamburg
Germany
Clay F Federer, Roger
2-6, 6-2, 6-0 Stats
2007 ATP Masters Series Monte Carlo
Monaco
Clay F Nadal, Rafael
6-4, 6-4 Stats
2006 Tennis Masters Cup
China
Hard S Federer, Roger
6-4, 7-5 Stats
2006 Wimbledon
England
Grass F Federer, Roger
6-0, 7-6(5), 6-7(2), 6-3 Stats
2006 Roland Garros
France
Clay F Nadal, Rafael
1-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6(4) Stats
2006 ATP Masters Series Rome
Italy
Clay F Nadal, Rafael
6-7(0), 7-6(5), 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(5) Stats
2006 ATP Masters Series Monte Carlo
Monaco
Clay F Nadal, Rafael
6-2, 6-7(2), 6-3, 7-6(5) Stats
2006 Dubai
U.A.E.
Hard F Nadal, Rafael
2-6, 6-4, 6-4 Stats
2005 Roland Garros
France
Clay S Nadal, Rafael
6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 Stats
2005 ATP Masters Series Miami
FL, U.S.A.
Hard F Federer, Roger
2-6, 6-7(4), 7-6(5), 6-3, 6-1 Stats
2004 ATP Masters Series Miami
FL, U.S.A.
Hard R32 Nadal, Rafael
6-3, 6-3 Stats

Vamos Rafa!

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