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Djokovic, Nadal to meet for 47th time, play 24th final

Doha — Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will meet for the 47th time and play their 24th final against each other after both won their Qatar Open semi-finals on Friday.

World number one Djokovic progressed through to Saturday’s final after overcoming Tomas Berdych in a bruising encounter, 6-3, 7-6 (7/3).

Earlier Nadal also won in two sets but in a more straightforward fashion, beating Ukraine’s Illya Marchenko 6-3, 6-4 in little over an hour.

“I guess it’s a pretty important match tomorrow, let’s see what happens,’’ said Djokovic.

“It’s a final so you fight for the trophy,’’ he added.

“And knowing that across the net you have the player that you played against the most ever in your career adds more importance to that final.’’

Saturday’s final will reignite one of the greatest rivalries of modern tennis.

Of the 23 finals they have contested so far, Djokovic has a slight advantage winning 13. They have faced each other in the final of all four Grand Slams.

Saturday’s final will also be the 99th of Nadal’s career and Djokovic’s 16th consecutive ATP final.

Head-to-head in all matches, the pair have each won 23.