Nadal to take on Verdasco in final

Nadal to take on Verdasco in final

Compatriot Fernando Verdasco, the sixth seed, will be the last man standing in Nadal's way to a record sixth consecutive title in the glitzy principality after he demolished world number two Novak Djokovic 6-2, 6-2.

Nadal, gunning for a record sixth consecutive title in the glitzy principality, will face compatriot Fernando Verdasco or world number two Novak Djokovic of Serbia in Sunday's final.  The four-times French Open champion, who has not won an ATP title in the last 11 months, was again in a class of his own on the Monte Carlo clay.

After needing just 75 minutes to dismiss Ferrer, Nadal took the time to sign a few balls and fire them into the delighted crowd. The Mallorcan, who lost his first French Open match in the fourth round last year, lost the first game to love.

He then saved a break point in the second game before turning on the engine and racing to a 5-1 lead, with Ferrer unable to control his opponent's devastating forehand.
Nadal even seemed to feel sorry for Ferrer, apologising to his compatriot after clinching the sixth game with a delightful backhand lob.

Grunting in agony, Ferrer won the seventh game to love but conceded the opening set as he sent a backhand long.

Nadal was in control in the second set, winning the match comfortably in the end.

Bhupathi-Mirnyi in final
Fifth seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi made their second consecutive ATP Masters Series final after beating Simon Aspelin and Paul Hanley in straight sets. The Indo-Belarusian combo saw off the challenge of the seventh seeds 6-3, 7-6(7-3) in the semifinals.

They will take on top seeds Daniel Nestor of Canada and Nenand Zimonjic of Serbia in the summit clash.

Wozniacki in semis
Top seed Caroline Wozniacki moved within two matches of winning her second title in as many weeks at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston on Friday.

The Danish teenager reached the semifinals with a 6-3, 6-4 win over sixth-seeded Russian Nadia Petrova after former world number one Jelena Jankovic lost 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 to Slovak Daniela Hantuchova.

Eighth seed Hantuchova will play Australia's fourth-seeded Samantha Stosur, who beat China's Peng Shuai 6-4, 6-1.