Beijing: Novak Djokovic brushed off David Ferrer 6-2, 6-3 on Saturday to reach the China Open final, where old rival Rafael Nadal stands between the Serb and a sixth title in Beijing.
Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic. Pics/AFP
Top-ranked Djokovic suffered the inconvenience of having his service broken for the first time at this year's tournament but he still raced to his 28th win at an event where he is yet to be beaten.
Rafa beats Fognini
On a cold day in Beijing, Nadal stared down his nemesis Fabio Fognini 7-5, 6-3 to reach his first hardcourt final this year as he searches to recover the form which brought him 14 Grand Slam titles.
Eighth-ranked Nadal, stopped at his beloved French Open by Djokovic this year, self-effacingly said the world number one was now a class apart despite his winning record of 23-21 in their head-to-head.