Toronto :Britain's Andy Murray upset world number one Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-4 onSaturday, advancing the defending champion into the final of the 2.4million-dollar ATP Toronto Masters.
The Scotsman will play Sunday aganst the winner of a later semi-finalbetween Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in hope of becoming the firstman since Andre Agassi in 1994-1995 to win back-to-back Canadiantrophies.
The event boasts a rare VIP field with top four players in the world -Nadal, Djokovic, Federer, Murray - all represented in the semi-finals,a first for Canada in 23 years.
Murray's victory lifted him to 4-8 against Nadal after beating theSpaniard at the Australian Open earlier this year but losing to him ina Wimbledon semi-final last month.
"This is a surface I'm most comfortable on," Murray said of thehardcourt as he beat Nadal on the surface for the fourth time in fivemeetings.
"I enjoy playing aggressive especialy against the best players. I wantto enjoy playing my game and expressing myself out on court. You neverexpect to beat the other top players. The margins are so thin.
"I go on court knowing that I have to play my best if I'm going to havea chance of beating them. I like playing Rafa on a hardcourt."
The world number four is searching for his first title of the seasonafter going down to Federer in the Melbourne final and missing hischance for a trophy a fortnight ago against Sam Querrey in the LosAngeles final.
The Scot stands 29-11 on the season and is nine months removed from thelast of the six titles he earned in 2009, his November success indoorsin Valencia.
Nadal, reigning Roland Garros and Wimbledon champion, lost for only the sixth time this season.
"Overall I'm feeling good. I've won 34 of my last 36 matches and have played well all season," Nadal said.
"It's not a bad start for the hardcourt season. I had chances for thefinal and I'm not so far off my game. I just need to produce morechances to win."
Murray served two aces in the fifth game of the opening set and broke in the eighth.
He set up set points in a game of three aces, converting on his second winning opportunity from Nadal's error.
The world number four Scot won 14 of the last 19 points and fired eight aces as he staked his claim on the victory.
"Something was not right with my serve," Nadal said. "Andy was playingbetter than me. My serve was the worst thing about my game today. Therest of it is fine."
Murray's momentum continued to start the second set as he broke for 2-1, only to lose it in the sixth game, 3-3.
But he carved out another break for 5-4 and served out for the victory a game later after one and three-quarter hours on court.