MONTE CARLO: Top-ranked Roger Federer of Switzerland set up a clash with defending champion Rafael Nadal of Spain in the Monte Carlo Masters, beating 12th-seeded Fernando Gonzalez of Chile 6-2, 6-4 in the semifinals.
Federer reached his 12th consecutive final, equalling John McEnroe's mark set in 1984. Only Guillermo Vilas (13 straight in 1977) and Ivan Lendl (18 between 1981-82) have reached more in a row.
``I was very focused on this match, very concentrated,'' said Federer, whose win-loss record this season is 33-1. ``I'm happy I got off to a fast start.''
Federer and Nadal have already met once this season, with the Spaniard winning the Dubai final in early March. Nadal has a winning edge over the World No. 1, leading their head-to-head 3-1.
``I want to take my revenge for Dubai in the final. I've had a great week and I'd love to finish it with the title,'' said the Swiss.
Federer has won the last four Masters series he has played at Hamburg, Cincinnati, Indian Wells and Miami and will extend his Masters winning run to 30 games with a victory over Nadal. Agencies