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Federer and Nadal set for Madrid showdown

Federer shakes hands with Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina after the Swiss won 6-3, 6-4, to advance to the finals Keystone

Switzerland's Roger Federer is set to meet Rafael Nadal once again in a final match on Sunday, when the two tennis heavyweights fight for the Madrid Open men's title.

The match will be the 16th time the rivals have met in a final match. Federer will step onto the court with five major loses to the Spaniard, including the last time the two met at the Australian Open.

Nadal advanced to the Madrid final after saving three match points in a gruelling contest against Novak Djokovic, whom he beat 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (9).

Federer, the world’s number two tennis player, won his semifinal match against number-five ranked Juan Martin del Potro, 6-3, 6-4.

The win sets Federer up for a shot at his 15th masters title, but the Madrid Open is a clay-court tournament, which bodes poorly for the Swiss.

Nadal has beaten Federer 9-1 on clay. He also beat Federer during the same tournament in 2005 when it was played on hard-surface courts. Nadal also has the home-team advantage.

“I feel like playing him anywhere is a challenge,” Federer said about Nadal, currently ranked first. “The extra flair is that it is here in Spain.” with agencies

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