Andy Murray to meet Rafael Nadal in Japan Open final

Andy Murray playing against David Ferrer at Japan Open
Murray's victory in the semi-final was his 20th win in 21 matches

Andy Murray will play Rafael Nadal in Sunday's final of the Japan Open after a comfortable win over David Ferrer.

The British number one beat the Spaniard 6-2 6-3 to remain on course for a second successive title after winning the Thailand Open last week.

Defending champion Nadal beat American Mardy Fish 7-5 6-1 in the last four.

Murray, who broke his opponent three times in total as he raced to victory in 81 minutes, said: "I played great from start to finish."

He added on the ATP Tour website:external-link "It was always going to be a tough match, but I played smart and I was hitting the ball very deep from the back of the court, so it was a very good performance."

Looking ahead to Sunday's final he added: "I think he's played some very good tennis the last couple of matches. He's always tough. He won here last year, so he likes the conditions."

Nadal faced a tougher task in his semi-final against world number eight Mardy Fish.

It took until the 11th game for the first break, when Nadal took his second break point to lead 6-5 and served out the set.

He then took control of the tie and won the second set 6-1, finishing the match without facing a break point.

Nadal has beaten Murray in their last five matches and leads the head-to-head 13-4.

"I hope that I can play a fantastic match [tomorrow]," said the top seed.

"My opponent will be very difficult, so I have to play my best match if I want to win the tournament with the title.

"But for me, being in the final here is a very, very good result. I'm very happy about it. I'll just try to do my best and enjoy a difficult match," he added.

After facing Nadal, Murray will team up with brother Jamie in the doubles final after they beat Robin Haase and Viktor Troiki 6-3 1-6 10-6 to set up a meeting with Frantisek Cermak and Filip Polasek.