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Murray reaches Rome final

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Andy Murray has reached the final of the Rome Masters for the first time after he swept aside Lucas Pouille in straight sets. 

The Scot was only troubled by the weather in a rain-interrupted match and sealed a comfortable 6-2 6-1 win over Pouille in under an hour to stay on course for a possible final against Novak Djokovic on Sunday. 

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Murray have never previously played against Pouille, who qualified as a lucky loser and then benefitted from Juan Monaco's withdrawal in the quarter-finals, but his good fortune would end there.

After rain had delayed the start, Murray broke for a 3-1 lead with a fizzing forehand, before a further downpour sent the players back to the changing rooms at 4-2.

Murray did not want to risk further interruption when the match resumed and quickly broke Pouille again to claim the first set.

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Pouille was showing glimpses of his talent, in particular with his cleverly disguised drop shot, but was only briefly delaying Murray, who broke again for a 3-1 lead.

The Frenchman could not fend off Murray for much longer and conceded his serve once more, allowing the British No 1 to book his appearance on Sunday with a thumping ace.

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