Federer beats Nadal to enter Masters Cup final

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:38 IST

Roger Federer overpowered No 2-ranked Rafael Nadal on Saturday and advanced to the final at the season-ending Masters Cup for a fourth consecutive year.

Federer beats Nadal to enter Masters Cup final

Shanghai:

Roger Federer overpowered No 2-ranked Rafael Nadal on Saturday and advanced to the final at the season-ending Masters Cup for a fourth consecutive year.Top-ranked Federer fired three aces in the first game, setting the tone of a 6-4 7-5 win over Nadal - his nearest rival in the rankings.Nadal took a 6-2 lead in head-to-heads into the Masters Cup semi-final, but the 20-year-old Spaniard slumped to consecutive losses against Federer.Federer ended a five-match losing streak to Nadal in the Wimbledon final and has added the US Open title to increase his haul to nine majors since then.Nadal had not returned to the semifinals since Wimbledon. Federer dropped serve only once - when serving for the first set - and broke Nadal's serve to end each set.He had two match points against Nadal's serve in the 10th game and set up another with a backhand down the line from a wide angle in the 12th.Federer closed with a brilliant forehand crosscourt, sprinting from left to right to retrieve a Nadal drop shot and whip the winner past him.Nadal had only 24 hours between his last round-robin match and the semi-final, having secured his place against Federer with a win last night against No 3-ranked Nikolay Davydenko.Federer progressed 3-0 from the Red Group, including an opening win over David Nalbandian, who beat him in last year's final. (AP)



Topics : Tennis Rafael Nadal
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