British number one Andy Murray reaches his first Italian Open final
With a straight-set victory over unseeded Frenchman Lucas Pouille.
Murray, seeded second, won 6-2 6-1 in a rain-interrupted semi-final at Rome’s Foro Italico to make Sunday’s final.
He now meets Novak Djokovic – who beat him in last week’s Madrid Open final – after the Serb defeated Kei Nishikori.
In the women’s singles, top seed Serena Williams will face Madison Keys on Sunday in an all-American final.
Murray makes swift progress despite rain
World number three Murray, who will be 29 on Sunday, broke serve four times as he won in 59 minutes.
The first semi-final was delayed by an hour because of heavy rain, and the players were forced off for 15 minutes during the first set.
“I think it is the first time since I’ve been on Tour that I’ve not had a chance to hit balls before going on to the court,” said Murray.
“It pretty much rained non-stop and then they flipped the schedule around so I didn’t feel that comfortable coming on to court.