Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic set up ATP Finals showdown

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Nadal and Federer treated the O2 Arena fans to superb exchanges, reminiscent of the classic matches that have makrked their nine-year rivalry. But Nadal was much sharper on the important points, converting all four break points he earned. Federer sometimes looked like a shadow of his old self, hitting 32 unforced errors and some poor volleys.

“I struggled to stay consistent enough throughout the match, and that’s why he deserved to win” Federer said. “This game is a game of making or missing your opportunities. Today was a little bit more of that, again.”

Federer, who beat Juan Martin del Potro on Saturday to qualify for the semis while Nadal had a rest day, looked tired toward the end.

He missed an early chance when he failed to convert three break points in the sixth game before Nadal took advantage of his first opportunity to break for 5-4 with a forehand winner.

Federer brought cheers from the crowd when he broke back immediately after winning a long rally with a forehand down the line and Nadal missed a forehand.

But Federer failed to build on the momentum, dropping his serve in the next game before going on to drop the set. He then struggled with his rhythm and was broken twice in the second set, with Nadal sealing the victory when Federer sent a volley long.

In doubles, three-time champions Bob and Mike Bryan advanced to the final after defeating No. 2 Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares 4-6, 6-4, 10-8. The top-seeded American twins will take on David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco on Monday after the Spanish duo beat Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo 7-6 (10), 7-5.

The Bryans have clinched the year-end No. 1 spot for a fifth straight year and a record ninth time. They have won 11 titles this season, including the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon.

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