Federer in Nasdaq-100 Open final

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:39 IST

Roger Federer dispatched Spain's David Ferrer in the semi-finals of the Nasdaq-100 Open in Florida setting up a title clash with Ivan Ljubicic.

Federer in Nasdaq-100 Open final

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World number one Roger Federer dispatched Spain's David Ferrer in the semi-finals of the Nasdaq-100 Open in Florida setting up a title clash with Ivan Ljubicic. Even with one brief lapse, Roger Federer needed only 59 minutes to beat David Ferrer 6-1 6-4 and reach the Nasdaq-100 Open final. "I didn't give him much chance," Federer said. "I'm playing so well this week, it was tough for him from the start." The result was hardly a surprise: Federer has advanced to the final in his past 11 tournaments, the longest such men's streak since John McEnroe made 12 consecutive finals in 1984. Federer will bid for his second successive Key Biscayne title tomorrow against sixth-seeded Ivan Ljubicic, a Croat who advance to his first final in the United States by beating No 3 David Nalandian 6-1 6-2. Federer has won his past six meetings against Ljubicic, although three times they split sets. Overall Federer leads 9-3. "Every time when I have to play against him, it's lie, 'OK, maybe this is the one,'" Ljubicic said. "But it's never happening. A couple of times I was very close. I really just hope to be at least close on Sunday." Ljubicic is the first Croat to reach he men's final since Goran Ivanisevic in 1996. Ivanisevic woke up with a stiff neck the morning of his final and was forced to retire against Andre Agassi. The women's final on Saturday will be an all-Russian matchup between No. 4 seed Maria Sharapova and No. 12 Svetlana Kuznetsova, each bidding for her first Key Biscayne title. (AP)



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