Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic set up a titanic clash between the top two in the world as both scored dominating straight-set wins on Sunday to reach the title match of the World Tour Finals.
Nadal reached a title match at the World Tour Finals for the second time in his career as he beat Roger Federer 7-5, 6-3 in their semifinal.
Djokovic took control against Stanislas Wawrinka for a 6-3, 6-3 result.
“This is the biggest match of this part of year for both of us and we both want to end up with the title,” said Djokovic.
“It’s going to be a great final, we’ve played so many times and we know each other’s game well. There are no secrets between us on the court.” Djokovic lost an early break against Wawrinka, but got it back, going onto take the opening set on another break before finishing it with an ace.
In the second, the world number two broke to start that set and produced some ferocious shot-making to earn victory against the man he has not lost to since 2006, standing 15-2.
“I don’t think unbeatable is the right word,” said Djokovic. “But I’ve been taking it all one step at a time trying to keep my focus and composure with each match. I want to finish this year in the best possible style.”
“I just struggled to stay consistent enough throughout the match, and that’s why he deserved to win,” Federer said. “He was better today.
“The margins were more on his side, he was playing more solid — he played the way he always plays. I just couldn’t come up with the shots when I needed them, forehand or serve, moving forward. It’s unbelievable that he gets away with playing so far back indoors these days, but that’s the conditions. So credit to him for making that work for him.”