Impressive Nole sets up Nadal final clash

Nole will play for his 12th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown on Monday!

Top seed and defending champion outplayed third-seeded Swiss Roger Federer 6-2, 7-6(4) in 1 hour and 39 minutes to advance to the Internazionali BNL d’Italia final.

Novak broke twice, in the third and seventh games, to win the opening set 6-2 in 34 minutes.

The 24-year-old Serb was dominating the baseline rallies, forcing Federer to make errors.

He made a break in the seventh game of the second set and consolidated it for 5-3 lead.  Having squandered the opportunity to win the match serving at 5-4, Nole recovered to get the job done in the tie-break (7-4)  for his eleventh victory over Federer in their 25 matches.

Match statistics: aces (1-6), double faults (1-0), winners (14-22), unforced errors (20-42).

World no.1 will attempt to win the title at the Foro Italico for the third time when he faces Rafael Nadal in 2011 final repeat (Novak won 6-4, 6-4).

Rafa defeated his fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 7-6(6), 6-0 in the first semi-final of the day.

En-route to the final, Nole also dismissed Bernard Tomic, Juan Monaco and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

The 32nd career encounter between Djokovic and Nadal (H2H record is 14-17) is scheduled on Monday at 12.00 noon CET.

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