Rafael Nadal to Become New No. 1 in Tennis

Tyler Hill@@tyler_hillVPAnalyst IAugust 2, 2008

After three years of chasing Roger Federer for the world No. 1 tennis rank, it is only a matter of days until it is a reality.

Nadal beat Nicols Lapentii, in order to advance to the semi-finals of the Cincinnati Masters.  He beat Lapentii, 7-6 (three), 6-1 for his 32nd straight win. This came just one day after Roger Federer, Lost to Ivo Karlovic .

Djokovic, the third seed, will have a chance to eliminate Nadal on Saturday, Aug. 2.

"The important thing is that I continue to play well" said Nadal. Nadal Feels confidant that he will be able to win on Saturday. However, Djokovic feels he was serving much better on Thursday.

Even if Nadal does lose he will have accumulated enough points, to overtake Federer. The official rankings come out Aug. 18.

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