Djokovic Defeats Nadal, Reaches Consecutive Cincinnati Finals

CINCINNATI - AUGUST 22:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a forehand against Rafael Nadal of Spain in their semi final during day six of the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters on August 22, 2009 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Djokovic won the match 6-1 and 6-4.     (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Matty HawkinsContributor IAugust 23, 2009

Novak Djokovic earned the right to lock horns with Roger Federer in the Cincinnati Masters 1000 Series Final today after a dominant straight-sets victory over Rafa Nadal.

The Serb took it 6-1 6-4 producing a masterclass of attacking tennis to end a streak of five successive defeats to the Spaniard.

Djokovic came out firing on all cylinders, breaking Rafa in the early stages of the match. Nadal was uncharacteristically forced to defend from the back of the court as a barrage of impeccable forehand drives saw Novak clasp five games in a row to take the first set, taking just 27 minutes.

Nadal hung on early in the second when Djokovic could have, and should have, taken a 3-0 lead, failing to convert numerous break points.

He finally broke in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead, then held onto an edgy service game to capitalize on his break.

The Serb then had the opportunity to serve out the match at 5-4, and did so after a lengthy, nerve-racking final game.

Prior to the match Roger Federer put Andy Murray in his place with a strong 6-2 7-6 (10-8) victory over the Scot, putting him in good stead for the US Open.

Djokovic has won his previous two meetings with the Swiss ace, both of them this year, and will be looking to capitalize again later today, but Federer is in supreme form and goes into the match the clear favorite.

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