Sublime Djokovic crushes Nadal to set up Federer final

Sat Nov 21, 2015 5:32pm EST
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - A year late maybe, but the ATP World Tour Finals will get a fitting climax to the season on Sunday after world number one Novak Djokovic and Swiss maestro Roger Federer marched to consummate semi-final victories.

Djokovic turned on the style to outclass old adversary Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-3 while in Saturday's evening session at a packed O2 Arena six-times champion Federer beat fellow Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 7-5 6-3 with a masterly display.

They will meet for the 44th time on Sunday when 34-year-old Federer will hope to make up for the disappointment of 12 months ago when, after also beating Wawrinka in the semis, he was unable to face Djokovic because of a back injury.

Federer, who had an unblemished record in group play including ending Djokovic's late-season 23-match winning run, hit back from 4-2 down in the opening set to brush aside his compatriot in little more than an hour.

"Novak should be knocked out by now! No, I am joking," world number three Federer, who last won the year-ender in 2001 when he beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, said on court.

"He played a great match against Rafael Nadal earlier today and I'm sure it will be a fantastic meeting."

Spaniard Nadal had looked more like his old dominant self with round-robin wins against Andy Murray, Wawrinka and David Ferrer, but the world number five was no match for Djokovic who was at his clinical best.

"Novak for the moment is almost unbeatable," Nadal said.   Continued...

Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action during his match against Spain's Rafael Nadal
Reuters / Suzanne Plunkett