Andy Murray eases past Nalbandian to set up Nadal clash
Murray delighted with 'season's best win'
Andy Murray set up a semi-final clash with world number one Rafael Nadal after a fine quarter-final win over David Nalbandian at the Rogers Cup.
Murray broke in only the third game and used his crushing backhand to great effect as he won the first set 6-2.
He broke again early in the second set and after a run of five straight games, an ace gave the world number four the second set 6-2, and with it, the match.
Nadal reached the semis with a 3-6 6-3 6-4 win over Phillipp Kohlschreiber.
British number one Murray may still be without a title to his name in 2010 and also in search of a new coach, but he showed no signs of weakness with a dominant display against a man in hot form.
Nalbandian, ranked 45th in the world, came into the match on the back of 11 successive victories but never looked close to repeating his heroics that saw him overcome the might of Robin Soderling in the previous round in Canada.
Murray, 23, was delighted with his form having struggled for long periods since reaching the Australian Open final at the start of the year.
"Everything was good today. I played very well," the Scot said. "I went for my shots and I played big tennis. That was the best I've played since Australia."
Murray remains coachless following his dismissal of Miles Maclagan at the end of July and will continue to work with part-time consultant Alex Corretja in the build-up to Flushing Meadows in New York.
When asked what was likely to happen on the coaching front, he replied "There are things I have be doing differently and you have to be more responsible and more independent."
Murray, who must at least reach Sunday's final to keep his world number four ranking, was the beneficiary of too many errors by his opponent and did not have to produce many fireworks to take the first set with two service breaks.
Solid serving and devastating passes from the back of the court had Nalbandian on the run throughout and another break at the start of the second set was the perfect tonic for any lingering thoughts from Murray on his capitulation in the middle of Thursday's match with Gael Monfils.
A variety of gears may have been needed to get himself out of trouble against the Frenchman in round three, but Friday's score was never in any doubt against the 2002 Wimbledon finalist who Murray had not beaten in two previous attempts.
It took a total of 69 minutes for the defending champion to wrap up the win with another ace and set up a mouth-watering rematch of the Wimbledon semi-final against top seed Nadal, with a place in the final awaiting the winner.
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