Nadal prevails in blockbuster

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World No.1 Rafael Nadal proved his invincibility on clay, when he saved three match points in an epic third set tie-break to beat Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(9) in a little over four hours to advance to the final of Madrid. This match goes down to be the longest best-of-three set match since the Open Era (since 1968).

Nadal takes a 25-1 clay court record against World No.2 Roger Federer in what would be their meeting since the Australian Open in January.

The 22 year-old is attempting to become the first player in history to compile a clean sweep of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000.

The Mallorca native improves to 33 straight match wins on clay and 150-4 on this favoured surface since 2005. His last loss on clay came last year in Rome when he succumbed to Juan Carlos Ferrero.

Nadal leads the circuit with a 41-3 record that includes five titles to his credit. With this win, he denies Djokovic a chance to return to his No.3 spot he had lost on May 11 this year.

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