Andy Murray ran down a depleted Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-0 on Friday to power into his third Monte Carlo Masters semi-final, where he will play Rafael Nadal, a 6-1, 6-4 winner over Stan Wawrinka.
The second seed was always in command against the Canadian, who has been suffering with the return of a right leg injury which troubled him at the Australian Open two months ago.
Murray will play eight-time champion and fifth seed Nadal, who, despite a late dip in form, dominated 2014 Monte Carlo winner Stan Wawrinka with his forehand for much of the match.
Murray has lost both of his previous semi-finals to Nadal, in 2009 and 2011. The Scot collected the first two clay titles of his career last season, winning Munich and Madrid, where he beat Nadal in the final.
Raonic, playing a quarter-final in the Principality for the third consecutive edition, was never in the match, failing to find a single ace in his 66-minute defeat.
Murray said that while his win might not have been pretty, it still gave him confidence after struggling through his first two contests this week.
“I’ve played a lot of tennis, though it has all not been of the highest quality,” said the 28-year-old. “I’ve been able to learn from my previous matches. Today I served one of my best matches.
“Milos was not at his best, he can certainly serve better than today. I’m looking forward to the semi-finals.”
Murray’s win improved his standing against Raonic to 5-3 as he backed up a semi-final win over Raonic in Melbourne.
Raonic has managed to put together a solid season despite his physical setbacks, now standing 20-4.