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Djokovic wins semi in 47 minutes, will face Nadal in final

LONDON -- French Open champion Rafael Nadal beat four-time champion Andy Roddick 7-5, 6-4 Saturday to reach the final at the Queen's Club for the first time.

Nadal is vying to be the first Spaniard in 36 years to win a grass-court tournament. Andres Gimeno won at Eastbourne in 1972.

"It was an important match for me. I played against the best
player here in Queen's, the defending champion," Nadal said. "Andy was the favorite for the match. He is a very, very
good player, he has an amazing serve ... so I'm happy to be in
this final.

"After winning Roland Garros I never thought I could play this final. I [am] feeling comfortable on grass. The important thing that's helping me a lot, I am serving very well."

After squandering three break points at 1-1 in the first set, Nadal managed to handle Roddick's powerful serves with good returns. Nadal got a break to go up 6-5, and then held off four break points in the next game.

"He played well today, there's no question," Roddick said. "He is just so match sharp right now. He is almost in cruise control, I think, from just playing so many matches. You know, credit to him. He just beat me today."

Nadal will face second-seeded Novak Djokovic, who crushed fourth-seeded David Nalbandian 6-1, 6-0.

Djokovic needed just 47 minutes for his most lopsided victory since a semifinal win against Andy Murray in the 2007 Miami Masters, when he also only conceded one game. The Australian Open champion won 12 straight games without facing a break point, winning 51 of the 76 points.

"It was quick and I played aggressive," Djokovic said. "I did all that I imagined to do. It was nearly perfect, I have no complaints."

Roddick was aiming to become the first five-time champion at the Wimbledon warmup, but faced constant pressure from Nadal's forehand. Nadal broke again to go up 3-2 in the second after a forehand error from Roddick.

"He played well today, there's no question," Roddick said. "He is just so match sharp right now. He is almost in cruise control, I think, from just playing so many matches. You know, credit to him. He just beat me today."

Roddick, who missed the French Open with a shoulder injury, had a relatively easy path to the final. In the third round, he only had to play one set before Mardy Fish retired with an ankle injury, and Andy Murray withdrew before their quarterfinal on Friday with a sprained thumb. Still, Roddick said he was satisfied with his Wimbledon preparation.

"To be honest, I got about what I wanted out of it," he said. "I was coming in short on practice. I hadn't really played much at all. I hadn't even served hardly."

Roddick, the champion here in four of the past five
years, had not dropped his serve all week, but was unable to contain an opponent who barely made a mistake during the
87-minute match.

Roddick fired 14 aces, but his power was blunted by the
astonishing retrieving skills of Nadal, who extended his winning
streak to 16 matches.

Information from Reuters and The Associated Press was used in this report.