Nadal and Djokovic in final as Swiss melt away

Sun Nov 10, 2013 6:18pm EST
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - Switzerland's challenge at the ATP World Tour Finals melted away like an Alpine glacier in a heatwave on Sunday as Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic marched on to the grand finale.

Nadal muscled past Roger Federer 7-5 6-3 before Djokovic extended his hot streak to 21 consecutive victories with a routine 6-3 6-3 defeat of Stanislas Wawrinka.

Fittingly the regular season will end with a $1.92 million shoot-out between the two dominant forces in men's tennis who will go head-to-head for the 39th time.

Djokovic, who like Nadal had a 100 percent record in round robin play, will be desperate to retain his title after ceding the world number one ranking to the relentless Spaniard in October.

"We are both having a great season this year. This is probably the best possible final we have here in London. We'll see what happens tomorrow," Djokovic, who was rock solid against tournament debutant Wawrinka, told a news conference.

"This is probably the most competitive tournament that we have after grand slams in our sport, and we both want to end this season in the best possible way and end it with a title."

Predicting a winner will be a tough task.

Australian Open champion Djokovic is unbeaten since losing the U.S. Open final to Nadal in September while Nadal, whose 10 titles this year include the French Open, hopes to cap an astonishing comeback following a seven-month injury lay-off.   Continued...

Rafael Nadal of Spain signs autographs after defeating Roger Federer of Switzerland in their men's singles semi-final tennis match at the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London November 10, 2013. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez