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Result: Rafael Nadal edges Cincinnati Masters thriller

Result: Nadal edges Cincinnati thriller
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Rafael Nadal edges into the quarter-finals of the Cincinnati Masters with a three sets 7-6 6-7 7-6 victory over fellow countryman Fernando Verdasco.

Rafael Nadal edged into the quarter-finals of the Cincinnati Masters with a three sets 7-6 6-7 7-6 victory over fellow countryman Fernando Verdasco.

In a close first set, the world number two squeezed past his opponent in the tie break 7-5.

Verdasco, who matched Nadal throughout, pulled the contest level in the second with a 7-4 win in another tie break.

The third set went to a tie break again and Nadal overpowered his fellow Spaniard before relinquishing three match points to give Verdasco a chance. However, Nadal eventually finished the tie off, winning 11-9.

His next match will be against Mardy Fish, who defeated Richard Gasquet in straight sets.

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