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'Perfect' Djokovic beats Nadal

Djokovic has beaten Federer and Nadal in the space of a week.
Djokovic has beaten Federer and Nadal in the space of a week.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Novak Djokovic reaches final of the Paris Masters event at Bercy
  • Serbian brushes aside Rafael Nadal in straight sets 6-2 6-3
  • He will play Gael Monfils after the Frenchman beat Radek Stepanek in three sets

(CNN) -- Novak Djokovic continued his superlative end of season form with a straight sets demolition of second seed Rafael Nadal in the semifinals of the Paris Masters on Saturday.

Djokovic beat the former world number one 6-2 6-3 and will face home hero Gael Monfils in the final on Sunday.

Monfils saw off 13th seed Radek Stepanek 6-4 5-7 6-4 in the later semifinal to delight the home crowd at Bercy.

15th seed Monfils served for the match at a set and 5-4 but he failed to close out the match and had to rely on dogged play in the decider.

Serbian Djokovic beat Roger Federer in the final of the Swiss star's home tournament in Basel last weekend and swept past a subdued Nadal to reach a final for the second straight week.

"There's not much to say about today's performance, except it was perfect," Djokovic told www.atpworldtour.com.

"It was exactly the way I wanted it. I have done, tactically-wise, everything that I imagined to do and planned to do before the match. I was very aggressive."

There's not much to say about today's performance, except it was perfect
--Novak Djokovic

"He played very well, unbelievable in my opinion," said Nadal, who is still finding his feet after battling back from a mid-season injury which saw him cede top spot in the world to Federer.

"When Novak plays at that level it's very difficult to play him, especially on a hard, fast court. I've never played against Djokovic when he's been at this level before."

Djokovic, who will seeking his fifth title of the year from his 10 finals on the ATP Tour, claimed his first break of serve for a 4-2 lead in the first with as superb backhand winner down the line.

A further break saw the 23-year-old world number three secured the first set and made early inroads on Nadal's service to lead 2-0 in the second set.

Nadal had saved five match points in his second-round win over Nicolas Almagro and survived another match point against another compatriot, 14th seed Tommy Robredo in the next round.

But there was to be no repeat of these heroics as Djokovic ruthlessly closed out victory with a further break and sealed victory with his 31st winner of the afternoon.