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Isner rallies for surprise Cincinnati win

MALLORCAN MARVEL:The American earned a title showdown against Rafael Nadal as the Spaniard downed Thomas Berdych to improve his record to 52-3 for the season

AP, MASON, Ohio

“I think I lost the match in the second set,” Del Potro said. “That was my chance to beat him. He was fighting all the time and deserved to win the third set, but I missed my chance.”

“I know, at that moment, that the sun on that side was pretty bad,” Isner said. “We both struggled with that for about 30 minutes.”

Despite the loss to Nadal, Berdych will still move up a notch in the rankings to a career-high fifth, passing Roger Federer.

“That makes it probably even more special,” Berdych said.

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