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Roger Federer rallied to defeat Nikolay Davydenko in three sets to set up a clash with Juan Martin Del Potro in the final. The Swiss maestro extended his dominance over the Russian, and now leads 17-2 head to head. However, it was Davydenko who took the opening set, breaking Federer and serving with ease. Things looked troubling for the Swiss in the second set, as Davydenko broke early and was serving up a break at 3-2. It was then that Federer went on a run, breaking twice and serving at love to win the second set. The match was reminiscent of earlier clashes between the two players from their younger years.

Federer missed on several break point chances in the opening game of the third set, but rebounded to stay even, holding a crucial service game down love 40, and eventually broke Davydenko before serving out the match, 4-6 6-3 6-4, in 2 hours 15 minutes. He now faces Juan Martin Del Potro in the final on Sunday, not before 2pm local time in Rotterdam.

Highlights.

Federer is playing the 39th ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam for the first time since 2005, when he won the title. Watch Federer vs Del Potro in tomorrow’s final (2pm local time Rotterdam) on FF07tv.

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