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Nadal, Djokovic, to meet in Rome final

May 14, 2011 at 6:40 PM   |   Comments

ROME, May 14 (UPI) -- World No.1 Rafael Nadal and undefeated Novak Djokovic will meet for the fourth time this year after both won semifinal matches at the Italian Masters Saturday.

Nadal improved to 9-0 against 16th-seeded Richard Gasquet in the day's first match, downing the Frenchman 7-5, 6-1 Saturday.

The Spaniard, who is seeking his seventh Rome title, served up four aces and was 4-for-4 on saved break points Saturday.

Djokovic, meanwhile, ran his undefeated streak to 36-0, gutting out a break-filled third set to beat Andy Murray, 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2).

The Serb's 36-0 start is the longest undefeated string in an ATP season since John McEnroe went 42-0 in 1984.

The two will square off in Sunday's championship match.

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