Shanghai: Andy Murray overpowered Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-0 on Saturday, setting up a Shanghai Masters final against David Ferrer and taking another step in his bid to pass Roger Federer in the rankings.
Ferrer, ranked No. 5, struggled past fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-3. It was the third straight match he has come back to win after losing the first set.
Murray, the defending champion, has won 24 of his last 25 matches and is trying to capture his third tournament in three weeks. If he wins the title Sunday, he will advance from No. 4 to No. 3 and overtake Federer in the rankings, a goal he had set for the end of the year.