Andy Murray failed to reach his first ever French Open final on the clay of Roland Garros after being swept aside in straight sets once again by eight-time champion Rafael Nadal.
Murray booked himself a place in the French Open semi-finals for the second time in his career with a defeat of home hope Gael Monfils but he was no match for Nadal in the last four.
It took Nadal 100 minutes to power his way to a 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 defeat of Murray, who will bid to defend his Wimbledon title later this month, and set up a clash with Novak Djokovic in the final.
Murray reached the French Open semi-finals for the first time three years ago but was to be denied by Nadal on that occasion also as the Spaniard recorded a 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 win.
He made it to the quarter-finals the year after while a back injury forced Murray, who claimed the Olympic singles title at London 2012 as well mixed doubles silver with Laura Robson, to withdraw in 2013.
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