According to Rafa Nadal vs John Isner live stream and 2013 Cincinnati Masters TV schedule & odds, this afternoon's final has the potential to be one for the ages.
This terrific battle is scheduled to commence at 1 p.m. EST (12 p.m. CST) and it’ll be broadcast live on CBS-Sports and ATP live stream feed.
It comes as no surprise that 2013 Cincinnati Masters odds list the fourth-ranked Spaniard as a 2/13 (-650) favorite over the unseeded, 4/1 (+400) American underdog.
This will only be the fourth meeting between Nadal and Isner, but if history is any indication, the former Georgia Bulldog will need to play the match of his life to get his first win over the Majorcan.
However, there is a silver lining for the improbable American heading into this matchup against Nadal.
The last time they met was at the 2011 French Open, and Isner surprised everyone by going the distance with the greatest clay-court player that's ever lived.
He would go on to lose in five sets, but the fact that the "King of Clay" needed five sets to eliminate him has to count for something.
Furthermore, with the improvements Isner has made – evidenced by the fact that he's coming off his first career win over Juan Martin Del Potro in the Cincinnati semis – over the years, this could be a closer match than most people anticipate.
Can John Isner hand Rafa Nadal his first hard-court loss of the year days before the start of the 2013 US Open? Here's a look at the (3-0) Rafael Nadal vs. (0-3) John Isner head-to-head series (ATP World Tour):
- 2011 Roland Garros (Clay): 6-4, 6-7(2), 6-7(2), 6-2, 6-4
- 2010 Madrid Masters (Clay): 7-5, 6-4
- 2010 Indian Wells Masters (Hard): 7-5, 3-6, 6-3