Andy Murray will meet Novak Djokovic in the final of the Rogers Cup on Sunday after comfortably defeating Kei Nishikori in the last four.
The British number one was always in control against his Japanese opponent and needed just 65 minutes to secure a 6-3 6-0 victory and set up a showdown with the world number one in the Montreal final.
Both players exchanged breaks of serves in the opening set before the Scot was able to hold his nerve and move into a lead that he never looked in danger of losing.
The victory was made even more impressive as Nishikori came into the contest in a rich vein of form, having won the Washington Open last week and having also defeated Rafael Nadal in the last eight in Canada.
Murray, however, proved a bridge to far for the 25-year-old and the Brit will now move to number two in the world on Monday, no matter what he does in Sunday’s final.
The two-time major winner admitted that he was pleased to be moving back up the rankings after he had fallen outside the world’s top ten following an injury-plagued end to 2014.
He said: “It’s good to get back close to the top. It’s nice to get back especially after everything I went through last year with the hip surgery and dropping out of the top 10. A lot of questions were being asked about how my game was physically.”
Murray will now be hoping to secure his fourth title of the year at the Uniprix Stadium, but he will face a tough task against the world number one, who defeated Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-4 6-4 in the other semi-final.
The 2012 US Open champion will also be hoping to gain a psychological advantage over his opponent ahead of this year’s tournament at Flushing Meadows, where he is the 5.00 second favourite to secure another major title.