Wed. 8-19-15: ATP Cincinnati Fine Swine Spotlight

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rafaEPA Nadal Needs Wins in Cincy
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Nadal is back in Cincinnati for the first time since 2013. Chardy looks to continue a strong run of play that saw him make his first Masters level semifinal last week in Montreal at the Rogers Cup.

(8) Rafael Nadal vs. Jeremy Chardy
This is a key week for Nadal as his last preparations for the U.S. Open begin today at the Western & Southern Open. Nadal looked as if he was headed in the right direction in Montreal last week before he ran into Kei Nishikori. Nishikori whipped Nadal 6-2, 6-4 in the quarterfinals. Nadal’s second serve failed him miserably as Nishikori won 62 percent of the points off the lefty’s second serve. It also ended a seven match losing streak for Nishikori to Nadal. The same problems that have plagued Nadal for most of 2015 seemed to crop up in that…

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