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CAGLIARI---Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani
struggled but prevailed in the opening singles
against Russian debutants to put Italy on the
brink of a fourth Fed Cup title yesterday.
Vinci, the winner of nine WTA singles titles,
overcame a surprisingly tough challenge from
Alexandra Panova, who reached a WTA final
Vinci rallied from 5-2 down in the second set
and saved four match points to win 5-7, 7-5, 8-
6 in 3 hours, 13 minutes.
"It was an incredible match, was a tough
match," Vinci said.
"At the end I had a little bit of cramp but I
won a great match. There was a lot of ups and
downs and I tried to stay focused on every single
point. It wasn t easy.
Errani, playing in her second Fed Cup final,
suffered somewhat in the second set before defeat-
ing Irina Khromacheva, also making her cup
debut in the final, 6-1, 6-4.
Italy needs one more victory today to add to
its Fed Cup titles in 2006, 2009 and 2010. Errani
takes on Panova in the first of the reverse singles.
PARIS---David Ferrer stunned top-
seeded Rafael Nadal 6-3, 7-5 and Novak
Djokovic beat Roger Federer from a
set and break down in the Paris Mas-
ters semifinals yesterday.
Djokovic prevailed 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 for
his 16th straight match win.
Ferrer had lost nine straight times to
Nadal, including in this year s French
Open final, and hadn t beaten his fellow
Spaniard in almost three years. But this
time the defending champion hit 29
winners to 19 and won 14 of 18 net
"I played maybe my best match this
season," Ferrer said, "very aggressive
with my forehand and with my shots."
Ferrer broke for 3-1 and went a set
up with a low forehand volley. He cap-
italised on a wide forehand from Nadal
to lead 2-1 in the second set.
Ferrer saved five break points in that
set but failed to serve out the match at
5-4, allowing Nadal to break back. Nadal
gave Ferrer another chance as he hit a
forehand long to drop serve. Ferrer went
on to seal the victory with a forehand
"I was slow," Nadal said. "Always I
was a little bit late on the ball."
Nadal s best result at the Paris Masters
was runner-up in 2007. He still leads
20-5 against Ferrer but acknowledged
his successful year is taking its toll on
Nadal unseated Djokovic atop the
rankings by reaching the final of the
China Open last month. He looks to
finish the season as No 1 for the first
time since 2010.
In the other semifinal, Djokovic was
facing Federer for the 30th time but the
first this year.
Djokovic struggled with his serve
early, making two straight double faults
to hand Federer a break point. Federer
converted it for 2-1 with a backhand
volley after hitting a drop shot to draw
the Serb to the net.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion
saved four break points at 5-4 and took
the first set when Djokovic hit a back-
hand return long.
Federer, who won the Paris Masters
two years ago, capitalised on an unforced
error from Djokovic to break the Serb
in the opening game of the second set.
But Djokovic immediately broke back
before taking a 4-2 lead when Federer
netted a routine forehand volley.
The second-seeded Serb now seemed
in control of the match, hitting 11 win-
ners to five for Federer in the second
set. The Australian Open champion
broke Federer twice in the final set and
clinched the victory with a forehand
Djokovic still has a slim chance to
finish the season ahead of Nadal in the
Despite the loss, Federer still leads
16-14 against Djokovic. (AP)
SOFIA---Simona Halep of Romania
and Samantha Stosur of Australia will
meet in a WTA final for the second time
in three weekends at the season-ending
Tournament of Champions.
Top-seeded Halep rallied from a set
down to beat Ana Ivanovic 2-6, 6-1, 6-3,
while fourth-seeded Stosur outlasted
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia 6-
1, 1-6, 6-3 in the semifinals yesterday.
Ahead of Sunday's final, Stosur leads
3-2, but this season Halep has won
She won their recent Kremlin Cup
final for her fifth title of the year.
Stosur has two titles this year,
After Halep evened the set score
against Ivanovic, the latter, a two-time
winner of the tournament, led 3-0 in the
decider before Halep found her groove
again, winning six consecutive games.
Stosur roared through her first set,
but Pavlyuchenkova won six straight
games for the second.
In the third, Stosur earned the only
break and held on. (AP)
Ferrer stuns Nadal
Halep, Stosur reach
Tournament of Champions final
Spain's David Ferrer reacts after winning his
semifinal match against Spain's Rafael Nadal, at the
Paris Masters tennis, in the Paris Bercy stadium,
yesterday. Ferrer won 6-3, 7-5. AP PHOTO
Italy leads Russia
2-0 in Fed Cup final
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