Nadal has been fighting all year to make improvements to a ranking which dropped to 10th. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP
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The ever-positive Rafael Nadal is confident he can end a disappointing season on a high note as he prepares for an assault on the U.S. Open. The 14-time Grand Slam winner is competing this week at the ATP and WTA Cincinnati Masters, which he won in 2013, the last time that he played the tournament. With a two-hour rain interruption slowing a full day's schedule Ivo Karlovic still found time to produce the first upset of the week as the Croatian hammered 35 aces in a 6-4, 6-7 (1/7), 6-3 defeat of French 10th seed Gilles Simon.Fish moved into a second-round challenge with third seed and world No. 2 Andy Murray, who comes to Cincinnati after his Montreal title at the weekend over Novak Djokovic.
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