Dominant Djokovic set to face in-form Nadal

The world’s top two players will meet in the final of the Barclays ATP World Finals after Novak Djokovic beat Stanislas Wawrinka to set up a showdown with Rafael Nadal.

It was a bad day for Switzerland, with Nadal a convincing 7-5 6-3 winner over six-time champion Roger Federer at London’s O2 Arena.

Djokovic and Wawrinka had played two of the best matches of the year at the Australian and US Opens – the Serbian winning in five sets both times.

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But Djokovic also won easily in Paris last week and, unfortunately for the packed crowd, this match was much more in that mould as the second seed ran out a 6-3 6-3 winner.

It was a 21st-straight win for Djokovic, and the defending champion said: “It was a very enjoyable match.

“The performance was definitely the best I had so far this tournament. It came in the right moment.

“It’s going to be a great final. I hope all the crowd will enjoy it because we definitely do on the court. It’s always a thrilling competition between me and Rafa.”

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Nadal is now one victory away from the only major title he has not yet won.

“The most important thing is on the toughest surface for me to play I was able to win four matches against top-eight players,” said the 27-year-old.

“That is great news for me. It’s a very good way for me to finish the year.

“Now remains the last match. I hope to be ready for that. I know it’s going to be a difficult one. But I will try my best. I need to play my best match to have a chance tomorrow.”

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Federer’s last three tournaments have brought him a final appearance on home soil in Basle and semi-finals at the Paris Masters and in London and, asked about his targets for next season, he said: “Winning five titles or something. Leaving the tournaments as a winner, that’s what keeps things exciting.

“I’m more positive now looking ahead than I would have been a few months ago where I wasn’t quite sure what to expect after the US Open.”