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Nadal sets up Murray clash

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Rafael Nadal will face Andy Murray in the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters on Saturday after defeating Stan Wawrinka 6-1 6-4. 

Second seed Murray thrashed Milos Raonic for the loss of just two games in Friday's first match, and Nadal looked set for an equally easy win when he romped through the first set against Wawrinka.

The fourth seed, who won the French Open last year, put up more of a fight in the second set, but Nadal prevailed inside an hour and 20 minutes to set up a potentially exciting clash with Murray.

Once considered virtually unbeatable on clay, Nadal is searching for his ninth Monte Carlo title, having won an amazing 46 matches in a row between 2005 and 2013, when he was beaten in the final.

The fifth seed has yet to win a tournament this year but showed signs of his best form against Wawrinka, a former Monte Carlo champion himself.

However, the Swiss player had to endure a frustrating match on this occasion, breaking his racket in annoyance at one point as the first set quickly slipped away.

Wawrinka gamely recovered from a break down in the second set but struggled to hold his own serve throughout and, having been broken once again, he put a return long on match point to send Nadal into the last four.

Both players hit 14 winners in the match but, as is often the case on his favoured surface, Nadal was far more consistent from the back of the court, tallying just 13 unforced errors compared to 29 from Wawrinka.

The Spaniard marches on to face Murray and has a 16-6 head-to-head lead over the Brit, having defeated him in the semi-finals of this event in 2009 and 2011.

However, Murray claimed his first ever clay court win over Nadal last year when he defeated him in the Madrid final.

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