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Federer in 12th successive final

MONTE CARLO: Top-ranked Roger Federer of Switzerland set up a clash with defending champion Rafael Nadal of Spain in the Monte Carlo Masters, beating 12th-seeded Fernando Gonzalez of Chile 6-2, 6-4 in the semifinals.

Federer reached his 12th consecutive final, equalling John McEnroe's mark set in 1984. Only Guillermo Vilas (13 straight in 1977) and Ivan Lendl (18 between 1981-82) have reached more in a row.

``I was very focused on this match, very concentrated,'' said Federer, whose win-loss record this season is 33-1. ``I'm happy I got off to a fast start.''

Federer and Nadal have already met once this season, with the Spaniard winning the Dubai final in early March. Nadal has a winning edge over the World No. 1, leading their head-to-head 3-1.

``I want to take my revenge for Dubai in the final. I've had a great week and I'd love to finish it with the title,'' said the Swiss.

Federer has won the last four Masters series he has played — at Hamburg, Cincinnati, Indian Wells and Miami — and will extend his Masters winning run to 30 games with a victory over Nadal.— Agencies

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