23. 08. 2009. ·
World number four Novak Djokovic powered into the finals of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in Cincinnati with a fantastic 6-1 6-4 win over second-seeded Rafael Nadal in 1 hour and 32 minutes.
Djokovic started the match very well. Number four seed performed great tennis and earned himself a break point in the fourth game. He broke Nadal’s service with a backhand passing shot winner, and then held to increase his lead to 4-1. The Serb was playing very well and agressively, forcing errors from the world no.3. He made another break in the sixth game and served out the set 6-1 in 29 minutes.
Novak failed to capitalise on three break points in the opening game of the second set. He earned another chance in the fifth game and used it to go up 3-2. The 22-year old faced scare in the eighth game when he handed Nadal his first break point with a cross court backhand into the top of the net, but saved it with a forehand winner and held for 5-3. Djokovic used his second match point in the tenth game and booked himself a place in the finals.
This was their 19th match, Nadal leads 14-5.
Djokovic served 5 aces to Nadal’s 1.
He hit 21 winners to his opponent’s 10. Both players made 26 unforced errors.
The Serb capitalised on 3 of his 6 break points, while the Spaniard failed to convert the only chance he had.
Nole will face world no.1 Roger Federer in the finals on Sunday. The Swiss defeated the defending champion Andy Murray in straight sets 6-2 7-6(8).
Djokovic and Federer have played 11 times, Roger leads 7-4 (5-3 on hard). Novak won both matches in 2009, in Miami and Rome.
The best Serbian tennis player is chasing his 14th career title, and third of the season (Dubai, Belgrade).
Good luck Nole!