Monte Carlo: Andy Murray failed to build on a bright start as eight-time champion Rafael Nadal came from a set down to book his place in the final of the Monte Carlo Masters. Nadal has good memories of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin and drew on those positives to win 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Rafael Nadal is ecstatic after beating Britain's Andy Murray in the Monte Carlo Masters semi-finals in Monaco on Saturday. Pics/AFP
It's Nadal vs Monfils
Fifth seed Nadal will face France's Gael Monfils in Sunday's final. Monfils beat compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 6-3 in the second semi-final.
Second seed Murray ended a seven-match losing streak on clay against Nadal by beating him for the first time on the surface in the Madrid Open final last May and he started confidently in Monte Carlo.
The Scot earned a break point in Nadal's first service game and he continued to ask questions of the Spaniard with his strong returning game as he took a grip on the first set.
Mis-hit! Andy Murray fails to return to Rafael Nadal during their Monte Carlo Masters semi-final clash in Monaco on Saturday
British No 1 Murray took the second of three break points in the set to go 4-2 up and then came out on top in a long service game before breaking Nadal again to wrap up the opener.
Murray broke back immediately after losing his serve in the first game of the second set, but Nadal took control with another break in the seventh. Murray failed to make the most of two break points in the next game and Nadal went on to comfortably serve out for the set.
World No 2 Murray again lost his first service game in the decider and Nadal broke once more to take a firm grip on the match.