9 Oct 2011

Nadal vs Murray in Japan ATP final, Berdych vs Cilic in China

8:32 am on 9 October 2011

The defending champion Rafael Nadal has set up a hotly anticipated tennis final against Andy Murray at the Japan Open with a clinical 7-5 6-1 victory over American Mardy Fish.

The Spanish world No.2 picked apart Fish's serve-and-volley game on Saturday in his first ATP tournament since defeat in the US Open final last month, relying on his powerful baseline game.

Second-seeded Murray, fresh from victory at the Thailand Open a week ago, breezed by 2007 champion David Ferrer 6-2 6-3.

Czech Tomas Berdych will face Marin Cilic in the Beijing Open final after Berdych beat first seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France 6-4 4-6 6-1 and the Croat Cilic relied on a dominant serve to beat compatriot Ivan Ljubicic 6-4 6-3.

The China Open women's final will be contested by Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska who beat Flavia Pennetta of Italy 6-2 6-4 and German Andrea Petkovic, who saw off Monica Niculescu of Romania 6-2 6-0.