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Nadal To Face No. 1 Seed Djokovic In US Open Final

Spanish Ace Breezes Into 2013 Final
Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates winning his men's singles semifinal match against Richard Gasquet of France on Day Thirteen of the 2013 US Open. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates winning his men’s singles semifinal match against Richard Gasquet of France on Day Thirteen of the 2013 US Open. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Rafael Nadal is in the US Open final after a 6-4, 7-6 (1), 6-2 victory Saturday over Richard Gasquet that the Spaniard took easily despite losing serve for the first time in the tournament.

The second-seeded Nadal will face No. 1 Novak Djokovic on Monday.

This is the first time since 1996 that both U.S. Open finals will pit No. 1 vs. No. 2. On Sunday, top-seeded Serena Williams plays second-seeded Victoria Azarenka for the women’s title.

Nadal extended his streak without losing a service game to 73 before eighth-seeded Gasquet broke him in the fourth game of the second set. Both players held through the tiebreaker, which Nadal won easily.

Djokovic had advanced to the final earlier with a 2-6, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over No. 9 Stanislas Wawrinka.

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