Murray beats Nadal to reach ATP final.
Andy Murray overpowered Rafael Nadal to reach the final of the ATP Rogers Cup in Toronto.
The defending champion defeated the world number one and top seed 6-3 6-4 in one hour and 44 minutes to exact a measure of revenge for his Wimbledon semi-final defeat to the Spaniard earlier this summer.
Murray, who yesterday crushed in-form David Nalbandian, bringing the Argentinian's 11-game winning streak to a shuddering halt, broke serve once in the first set and twice in the second, in which he immediately reasserted his authority after Nadal had threatened to mount a comeback.
The 23-year-old, who has preserved his world number four ranking by reaching the final, could only manage 46 per cent of first serves, but more than matched the two-time Wimbledon champion for power and energy.
The world number one had points to break for a second time but Murray dug deep to make it 4-4 and then established a 40-0 lead in the ninth game, duly breaking to move within a game of victory.
He comfortably served out the match to set up a meeting with Roger Federer.
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