(June 6, 2014) Rafael Nadal will play in the French Open title for the ninth time after crushing Andy Murray 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 on Friday. The win extends his record streak to 34 straight wins at Roland Garros. He is now 65-1 in Paris.
The world No. 1 and eight-time champion moved out to a 3-0 lead to begin the match and never had to look back.
“It was a bad, bad day,” Murray said.
Nadal will face Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s final. Djokovic beat Ernests Gulbis 6-3, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
The No. 1 ranking will be at stake in the final, with the winner claiming the top spot.
“It’s unbelievable to be in [a ninth] final,” Nadal said. “It’s very emotional for me. When I was a kid, to come here any day and play. Now, 10 years coming here. It’s something I’ll never forget in my life.”
It will be Nadal’s 20 Grand Slam final, second on the all-time list to Roger Federer’s 24.
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