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In a repeat of last month's Barcelona Open final world no.3 Rafael Nadal beat compatriot David Ferrer in a high voltage clash at Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome. It was yet another straight sets win for Rafa as he advanced to his 7th final here. He will face the winner of the second semi-final between 16-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer and world no.1 Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final.
Nadal, seeking a record 21st ATP Masters title, was completely under the cosh in the first set and saved as many as 9 break points to force the opening set into a tiebreak. The two Spaniards did trade breaks once in the set, but that apart it was Ferrer who was on top for the large part of an hour and 24 minute opening set. Ferrer carried the momentum into the tie-break, winning 3 of first 4 points, but failed to take advantage of his mini-break as Rafa bounced back to edge out Ferrer 8-6 in the breaker.
The second set was a much different story as a dejected Ferrer, having given Nadal his very best in the opening set, failed to turn up at all for the second and despite saving 7 breakpoints dropped serve in each of his 3 service games. Rafa wrapped up the match, 7-6, 6-0 in just a shade over 2 hours.
The other semi-final of the night is anticipated to be a real gem as Madrid Open champion Roger Federer will face the defending champion Novak Djokovic to set up a summit clash against The King of Clay.
(2) R. Nadal def (6) D. Ferrer 7-6(6) 6-0
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