Impressive Federer sets up Nadal final

Sat, 27 Nov 21:49:00 2010

World number two Roger Federer produced a dominant display to beat Novak Djokovic 6-1 6-4 and reach the final of the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London.

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Federer will take on world number one Rafael Nadal in Sunday's final, after the Spaniard out-lasted Andy Murray 7-6(5) 3-6 7-6(6) in the day's earlier semi-final.

For the world number three Djokovic to be completely outplayed is rare, but Federer was confident from the outset and looked unlikely to be taken the distance, despite going an early break down in the second set.

The Swiss, who lost a tight semi-final to eventual champion Nikolay Davydenko in last year's tournament, was clearly determined not to be on court too late with the first semi-final having taken place almost six hours before.

And Federer quickly laid out his intentions with a break in the second game of the match, working his way into the net and putting away a backhand volley to level at deuce, before the Serb hit into the net to concede his serve.

Impressive Federer sets up Nadal final

Djokovic got off the mark in the fourth game, although even then Federer pushed him to deuce before the Serb held serve with his second ace.

Federer had the set pretty much wrapped up as he continued to cruise through on serve, but he made it more emphatic with a second break in the sixth game.

He earned break point by dancing around the ball and drilling a forehand down the line before Djokovic caved once more with a low forehand volley into the net.

The world number two had little trouble in serving out the set in just 31 minutes when Djokovic hit a forehand return of serve long to concede the set.

The Serb enjoyed a brief resurgence at the start of the second set, breaking in the second game with a dipping forehand that Federer could only volley into the net, and racing to a 3-0 lead before the Swiss could even get off the mark.

But just as Djokovic had reeled off three consecutive games, so Federer bounced back with three straight games, breaking back when the Serb sent his backhand passing shot wide under pressure.

Djokovic was also forced to save three break points in the seventh game, before being handed a hold when Federer hit into the net.

Any hopes that the confidence-building hold would spur Djokovic on to the second set and a pulsating decider were short-lived.

Federer broke again in the ninth game with a forehand cross court that Djokovic got nowhere near to.

Serving out the match was a formality for Federer, and he wrapped up victory after one hour and 20 minutes with an ace to set up his first hard-court meeting with Nadal since the Australian Open final in 2009.

Pippa Davis / Eurosport

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