Nadal and Davydenko Set up Miami Final

Nikolay Davydenko and Rafael Nadal both had straight set semi final wins at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami to set up their first ever final meeting.

Nikolay Davydenko beat American Andy Roddick 7-6(7-5) 6-2. At one point during the first set tie break Roddick looked set to win the first set, when serving up 4-3 with a mini-break. Davydenko though turned the match around and won the next points on the Roddick serve and went on to win the set. Roddick never recovered from that and went down easily in the second set.

Roddick failed to hit his best form that seen him defeat Roger Federer in the quarter finals, it was only the big Americans second win in 17 attempts over the Federer.

In an almost replica scoreline Rafael Nadal was victorious 7-6(7-5) 6-2 over Czech Tomas Berdych.

The final tomorrow will be the third meeting of these two, with Nadal winning both the previous meetings. Both matches have been closely fought contests, going the full distance, the most recent last year at the Rome Masters which was played on Nadal’s favorite surface clay with the Spaniard winning 7-6 6-7 6-4.

In 2006 they met on hard courts (similar to the surface they will play on tomorrow) in the round robin match of the tennis masters cup, Nadal winning 5-7 6-4 6-4.