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Djokovic to meet Nadal in China Open final

Spaniard Nadal leads 23-21 in their head to head meetings, but it is Djokovic who has prevailed in six of their past seven contests. Djokovic is also on a 28-match winning streak at the venue and in <g data-gr-id="30">the 2013</g> final here beat Nadal to clinch the title.

Nadal reached the final earlier on Saturday, beating Italy’s Fabio Fognini 7-5 6-3.

Djokovic has won 25 successive sets in Beijing and delivered another superb performance to beat Ferrer in 74 minutes. Djokovic lost serve for the first time this week in the first <g data-gr-id="33">set,</g> but won 57 percent of points on Ferrer’s serve as he broke the Spaniard three times to seal the opener.

There was just one more blip for Djokovic as he was broken when serving for the match at 5-2 in the second set - making Ferrer the first player this week to get more than two games in a set against the Serb.

But Djokovic was swiftly back in control and broke Ferrer in the following game to claim his 67th victory of the season. 

Meanwhile, Timea Bacsinszky outlasted Ana Ivanovic in a tough three-setter 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 here on Saturday to reach the final of the China Open. She will face Garbine Muguruza in the final, who edged past Agnieszka Radwanska in a thrilling 4-6, 6-3, <g data-gr-id="27">6-4</g> game earlier on Saturday.

Ivanovic snuck out a 58-minute first set, 7-5, and after falling behind 5-1 in the second set she clawed back to 4-5 and brought up two break points, very nearly making that set <g data-gr-id="29">an even</g> 5-all.

But the No.12-seeded Bacsinszky held in the end for the set and rolled through the third, eventually closing it out, 5-7, 6-4, 6-1. She actually ran away with 16 of the last 17 points of the match. 

“I just tried to focus on my game plan and not look further - I was only thinking about the next ball, the next point, not what was going to happen after that,” Bacsinszky said in her on-court interview after the match. 
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