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Nadal sets up Federer for first time in a year

05-16-2010 11:20 BJT

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It's been a while since Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer met on clay in a final, in fact it is a year ago to the end of the Madrid masters the two meet last, and there's going to be a repeat of 2009's final. Nadal had to defeat compatriot Niclas Almagro in order to set up a showdown with the World Number one.

But looking to overturn a 0-5 record against Nadal as he contested his first World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final, Almagro exchanged breaks with his opponent in the opening two games before racing to a 4-1 lead. Nadal was able to recoup one of the service breaks in the sixth game and looked set to draw level when he created two break points in the 10th game, but Almagro showed great strength of mind to win the next four and close out a one-set lead.

Almagro had two break point chances in the third game of the second set to build on his lead, but Nadal was able to alleviate the danger,leveling the match at one-set apiece.

An early service break to love in the deciding set then set Nadal on his way to a sixth successive victory over Almagro, the left-hander breaking serve for the second time in the set in the eighth game to close out a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory in two hours and 15 minutes. The victory will return Nadal to the number two spot in the rankings whatever happens in the final, where he will meet either compatriot David Ferrer or world number one Roger Federer.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source:

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