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Murray marches past Nadal

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Defending champion Andy Murray marched into the final of the Madrid Open after defeating home favourite Rafa Nadal for the second successive year. 

The British world No 2 ended Nadal's 13 match unbeaten run on clay with a devastating 7-5 6-4 victory to send him through to Sunday's final where he will play the winner of the match between Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori, who face each other later on Saturday.

Murray broke twice in the opening set to take it and despite squandering a match point at 5-3 in the second he raised his game to get the job done and gain revenge over the Spaniard for his Monte Carlo semi-final defeat last month.

Murray, who has won seven of his last eight matches on clay, needs to win the title this weekend to avoid being overtaken by Roger Federer in the rankings.

Murray fought off a strong challenge by Nadal, serving eight aces and saving 11 break points to win a rematch of last year's final and after his victory he told Sky Sports 3 HD: "I think I used my forehand pretty good during the match. I was able to push him back behind the baseline.

"I felt as though I made a lot of returns in play - I didn't make too many mistakes on the return so was able to make him work hard on his service games.

"Against Rafa, he doesn't serve as hard as everyone else but he puts a lot of pressure on your return because if you don't hit a good one he dictates the points straight away with the forehand. I was able to get some good direction on the forehand and I think that helped me today."

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