21 May 2012

Djokovic to meet Nadal in Rome final

6:35 am on 21 May 2012

The world men's tennis number one Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer in straight sets and will play Rafa Nadal in the Rome Masters final for the second year in a row.

Defending champion Djokovic ended Federer's hopes of back-to-back claycourt titles with a gutsy 6-2 7-6 victory over the Swiss great.

Five-times Rome champion Nadal wore down fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 7-6 6-0 to reach his 70th career final.