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High-flying Djokovic reaches Miami final



Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Sizzling-hot former champion Novak Djokovic was an easy semifinal winner Friday at the $4.5 million Sony Ericsson Open, the second straight ATP Masters event.

The second-seeded Djokovic handled 14th-seeded American Mardy Fish in easy 6-3, 6-1 fashion on the hardcourts at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park. The Serbian slugger advanced in 1 hour, 25 minutes with the help of four service breaks, compared to zero breaks for the overmatched Fish.

Djokovic and Fish were forced to wait out a rain delay with the score tied at 2-2 in the first set.

The 23-year-old Djokovic improved to 6-0 lifetime versus the 29-year-old Minnesota native Fish, who is now 3-1 in his career Masters semifinals.

Djokovic is a flawless 23-0 this year -- a mark that includes his title run at the Australian Open in January. The 2007 champion and 2009 Miami runner-up has also captured titles in Dubai and Indian Wells this season.

The 6-foot-3 Djokovic will appear in his 35th career ATP final, seeking a 22nd title.

Djokovic's opponent in Sunday's marquee finale here will be world No. 1 Rafael Nadal or third-seeded former top-ranked superstar Roger Federer. Djokovic upended the reigning U.S. Open, Wimbledon and French Open champion Nadal in the title tilt at Indian Wells two weeks ago. And the surging Serb is a perfect 3-0 against the 16-time major champion Federer this season.

The great rivalry between Nadal and Federer will resume on Friday night in Miami. The Spanish strongman owns a 14-8 career record against Federer. However, the Swiss icon won their last meeting, in the championship match at the 2010 ATP World Tour Finals.

Federer bested Nadal in the 2005 finale in Miami, while Nadal beat Federer in a third-round affair here back in 2004.

Nadal is the all-time leader with a whopping 18 Masters crowns, while Federer owns 17 such titles, including back-to-back Miami championships in 2005 and 2006.

The 2011 Miami champion will collect $611,000.

04/01 16:20:42 ET