The Rome crowd shall witness a classical final between second seed Roger Federer and the king of clay Rafa Nadal, seed number five – they both advanced in straight sets. Their only previous Rome Master final in 2006 lasted five sets and more than five hours with Rafa seizing the trophy in the end. It will be their 30th ATP clash with Rafa leading the H2H series 19-10.
The Swiss Maestro was facing a hard test against a surprise semi-finalist Benoit Paire who managed to seize FedEx’s serve in the seventh game, yet he could not consolidate the break and the set would ultimately be decided in a tie-break. The adversaries conceded nine mini-breaks in total in the thirteenth game with the Swiss producing the first break ball and tucking it away straight away. He then broke the Frenchman in the third game of the set number two and managed to protect his one break lead until the end of the end – he closed out the match with a hold to love to enter his third Rome Masters final with a 7-6 (5), 6-4 victory, beating Paire for the third time in three matches.
On Sunday Federer will try to prevent Nadal clinching his seventh Rome title and the sixth ATP trophy this season. Rafa got off to a flying start against sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych who achieved an amazing victory against Djokovic the day before. The opener was over as a contest after the Spaniard built a 5-1 double break lead and served out the set with a love hold a bit later. In the second set he generated a triple break ball in the ninth game and converted the first one – he got 40-15 ahead in the follow-up game and tucked away the second match ball to reach his eighth Rome final with a 6-2, 6-4 final result. He now has a 14-3 head-to-head score against Berdych.
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