Top seed Andy Murray cruised past Spain’s David Ferrer 6-2 6-3 on Saturday and Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov received a walkover into the China Open final after Milos Raonic withdrew due to an ankle injury.
The 29-year-old Murray, who is yet to drop a set this week, sealed victory in one hour 31 minutes, his seventh successive win over fifth seed Ferrer.
The big-serving Raonic was forced to play twice on Friday, beating Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri and Pablo Carreno Busta to advance to the last four and he sustained the injury during the win over the Spaniard.
Murray, through to the China Open final for the first time, has enjoyed one of the best years of his career, winning Wimbledon and the Olympic gold medal.
World number one Novak Djokovic pulled out of the tournament due to injury.