World no.1 Rafael Nadal will play his second ATP World Tour Finals championship match tomorrow as he took out a six-time season finale winner Roger Federer in straight sets in the semi-finals this afternoon. It is the fourth victory the Spaniard has recorded against FedEx in 2013 which allowed him to extend the head-to-lead to 22-10.
The O2 Arena audience observed a highly competitive opening set in which the legendary Swiss almost broke the deadlock in the sixth game, yet all three break point chances went begging and Rafa eventually made it 3-3. A couple of love holds followed before Nadal came up with a double break point at 4-4 and capitalized on the first one by executing a down-the-line forehand winner. Sixth seed Federer replied in a similar fashion in the subsequent game as he first outsmarted the rival in a 30-shot rally before producing a forehand winner himself to prevent the Spaniard wrapping up the set. However, the top seed was determined to close it out before the tie-break and restored his previous lead as Roger was not really up to his task in the eleventh game. Nadal welcomed the second opportunity to serve out the opener and put it to bed after winning easy points thanks to dominant first serves.
The gap between the competitors grew bigger in the second set which went with serve until 2-2 when Federer’s hopes to reach the London final suffered another blow as Rafa converted on the first break point. The Spaniard kept Roger at bay for remainder of the match and even added another break to complete a 7-5, 6-3 triumph after one hour and twenty minutes on the court. He helped his cause by hitting 77% of first serves on target and utilizing all four break points he created throughout the encounter. The next hurdle to overcome on the way to his debut ATP Finals title will be either Novak Djokovic or Stanislas Wawrinka who will square off against each other later this Sunday.
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