Nadal bows out in Cincinnati semis

Rafael Nadal, playing in only his second tournament after spending two months out of the game with tendonitis in both knees, lost to Novak Djokovic in the semi-final of the Cincinnati Masters.

Nadal, who has slipped to number three in the world rankings following his absence through injury, lost to last year’s finalist, Djokovic, 6-4 6-1. Djokovic will now play Roger Federer, who overcame last year’s champion Andy Murray 6-2 7-6, in the final.

Nadal, despite losing, was pleased with his comeback progress and is hoping for further improvement in the run-up to the US Open which starts on August 31st.

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