Federer reaches Doha final

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, Last Updated: 2:25 PM ET

DOHA, Qatar -- A highly-anticipated final between superstars Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will not happen Saturday in Doha, as Federer booked his spot in the title match while Nadal was upset by last year's champion Nikolay Davydenko at the season-opening $1.11 million Qatar Open, a hardcourt Australian Open tune-up.

The fourth-seeded Davydenko, who also beat Nadal in last year's finale here, easily upended the world No. 1 Spaniard 6-3, 6-2 in Friday's second semifinal at Khalifa Tennis Complex. The gritty Davydenko piled up five service breaks, compared to only two for an ailing Nadal, who trailed 0-5 at one point in the second set.

Following Friday's loss, Nadal said he had a fever and felt "terrible" during the second set.

Davdyenko edged out Nadal in three sets in last year's Doha championship bout.

The 29-year-old Davydenko currently has Nadal's number, as he's now 6-4 all-time versus the mighty Spaniard, including wins in four straight and five of their last six meetings.

The nine-time Grand Slam champion Nadal is the reigning U.S. Open, Wimbledon and French Open champ.

Meanwhile, the second-seeded former No. 1 Federer, who captured this event back-to-back in 2005 and 2006, got past third-seeded former Aussie Open runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) on Day 5. Federer tallied the only break of the match, in the opening set, while Tsonga failed to enjoy even one break-point chance in the setback.

The 29-year-old reigning Aussie Open champion Federer is now 3-1 lifetime against Tsonga, including a win in last year's Aussie Open semis.

The brilliant Federer is 66-28 in his career finals, while the Russian Davydenko is a stellar 20-5, including his big victory here last year.

The 16-time major champion Federer is a lopsided 14-2 lifetime against Davydenko, but the Russian did beat the sublime Swiss in a semifinal here a year ago. Federer bested Davydenko in the Doha semis back in '05.

Saturday's big winner will collect $177,000.


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