Murray tames Nadal to reach Toronto final

Sat Aug 14, 2010 7:27pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

TORONTO (Reuters) - Briton Andy Murray cleared a major hurdle in his Toronto Masters title defense brushing aside world number one Rafa Nadal 6-3 6-4 on Saturday to storm into the final.

Murray, who needed to reach Sunday's final to retain his number four world ranking, can now focus on clinching his first title of the season and becoming the first back-to-back winner on the Canadian hardcourts since Andre Agassi in 1995.

The match was the first half of a rare doubleheader featuring the world's top four ranked players. It is just the 14th time in 25 years, and sixth in the last 10, that the world's top-four men are facing each other in the semi-finals of an ATP Tour event.

Murray's victory ended any chance of the dream final fans had been hoping for between Nadal and Roger Federer.

The Swiss master, who has slipped to third in the world rankings, meets number two Novak Djokovic later on Saturday.

In the first semi-final, it was a stunningly complete performance by the 23-year-old Scot, who refused to be pushed around by the muscular Spaniard and in the end walked off with his fourth win in 12 meetings - all coming on hardcourts.

"It's the surface I feel most comfortable on," Murray told reporters. "I move better on hardcourt than on other surfaces.

"There are certain things the surface allows me to do against him that I can't do on the others. I've always played my best tennis on the hardcourt."   Continued...

<p>Roger Federer of Switzerland waves after winning his match against Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament in Toronto August 13 , 2010. REUTERS/ Mike Cassese</p>