Federer to face Djokovic in Rome final

Federer to face Djokovic in Rome final
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Published May 17th, 2015 - 02:48 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Djokovic, Federer score crushing wins to reach highlight Rome final
Djokovic, Federer score crushing wins to reach highlight Rome final

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer snuffed out their opposition to set up a high-profile final between the top two seeds at the Rome Masters after dominating straight set wins on Saturday.

Holder Djokovic delivered a crushing 6-4, 6-4 defeat of Spain's David Ferrer. Federer spent just 54 minutes in snuffing out any hopes for fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka in a 6-4, 6-2 hammering after coming back from a break down in the opening set.

Second seed Federer has never won the title at the Foro Italico, losing three finals.

Djokovic needed 95 minutes to advance to within one victory of a fourth title in the Italian capital. The Serb, who has now won 21 straight matches, stretched his record over Ferrer to 15-5.

Federer came to the patched-up clay of the showcase court on top form, though he did need a quick recovery after dropping his opening service game to his good friend and compatriot.

But with a break-back for 3-2, the 17-time grand slam winner's game was unleashed, with the 33-year-old sweeping the opening set in 34 minutes and racing away with the second as Wawrinka went down.

Federer sealed a 5-1 lead with an ace before Wawrinka made a useless last stand with a hold. Federer claimed victory a game later on his first match point, an easy volley putaway.

Djokovic leads the ATP with four trophies this season, including the Australian Open and three of the first four Masters 1000 events. Federer owns three.

The pair played for the title at the Indian Wells Masters eight weeks ago, with Djokovic taking that victory to boost his record in the series with the Swiss to 18-20.

Djokovic, 34-2 on the season was untroubled by Ferrer, advancing with 26 winners to stand 9-0 on clay this spring heading into the French Open which begins next Sunday.

"This is the best match I've played this week," said the Serb. "That is very satisfying and lets me believe that I can play on this level and maybe better tomorrow.

"I'm glad to feel this way, now I can get ready for the finals. I didn't let my concentration drop.

"I found a way to dig my way through the match, I played well enough to break him in both sets when it was most needed."

In women's play, Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro confirmed her clay-court dominance over Simona Halep as she reached her second Masters-level final of the season with a 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 defeat of the second seed in Rome.

Tenth seed Suarez Navarro has now beaten the Romanian world number two in all four of their clay matches as the three-time Rome quarter-finalist broke through into the biggest final of her career.

She has lifted her game this season, finishing runner-up in Antwerp and in the higher ranked Miami event.

The Spaniard will take a 1-3 record into her final with Maria Sharapova as the two-time winner beat fellow Russian Daria Gavrilova, a qualifier who knocked Sharapova out of Miami, 7-5, 6-3.

Sharapova broke back late in the seocnd set on the way to victory against an opponent suffering with an abdominal problem.

"I beat her the last couple of times, but I've had losses against her," Sharapova said of Suarez navarro. "I know what a difficult player she can be.

"She's very dangerous, especially in a final. There are a lot of good things she's done, it will be a tough final."

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