.Battles Djokovic In Final –
Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal powered past Andy Murray to reach his ninth French Open final in 10 years.
Nadal dominated with his serve and forehand to win 6-3, 6-2 and 6-1 and set up a final against Novak Djokovic, who defeated Ernests Gulbis in four sets.
The world’s top two players will meet at Roland Garros for the third year running. Murray will now head to London to defend his titles at Queen’s Club and Wimbledon.
The Briton, 27, had high hopes of becoming just the second man to beat Nadal at Roland Garros, but he suffered a similar experience to his only previous Paris semi-final three years ago.
He could win only 10 points on the Nadal serve and went down in one hour and 40 minutes on a hot afternoon in the French capital.
“He played a great match,” said Murray. “He missed hardly any balls. He served very well.
“His forehand – especially with the conditions the way they were today, it was incredibly hard to control the ball.
“As soon as he was inside the court, he was hitting the ball so close to the line. He played great tennis.”
Murray won an impressive 22-stroke opening point with a heavy forehand, but that was about as good as it got. Keen to remain on the front foot, he over-pressed and lost his first service game after two errors.