In another classic meeting between two stars, top seed Rafael Nadal overcame 11th seed Novak Djokovic 7-6 (4), 6-3 in their 51st encounter to reach the Italian Open final. The four-time former champion showed he is returning to best form, playing at high level again, delighting fans with brilliant tennis
Nole will be playing in his fifth final this season, and his 90th overall (63-26 record).
Defending champion beat no.3 seed Roger Federer 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to progress to his sixth final in nine years at Melbourne Park.
Nole reached his 16th consecutive final and improved his ATP H2H record against the Czech to 22-2.
Novak is one win away from defending his Barclays ATP World Tour Finals title after he beat Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-3 at the O2 Arena.
Nole will play against 16th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for his third Shanghai Masters title (Sunday at 16:30 local time/10:30 CET).
Djokovic improved to a 28-0 lifetime mark at the China Open as he dismissed no.4 seed David Ferrer 6-2, 6-3 in semi-finals on Saturday.