Murray outplays Federer; Nadal beats Roddick

INDIAN WELLS: Britain''sAndy Murray took advantage of an error-prone Roger Federer to reach the final of the ATP event at Indian Wells with a commanding 6-3 4-6 6-1 victory on Saturday.

The 21-year-old Scot fended off a spirited fight back by the Swiss in the second set to wrap up the win in one hour 48 minutes and will meet world number one Rafael Nadal in Sunday''s title match.

Spanish left-hander Nadal, champion here in 2007, beat American favourite and seventh seed Andy Roddick 6-4 7-6 in the second semi-final at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, clinching the tiebreak 7-4. Murray, who has won ATP titles this season in Rotterdam and Doha, where he beat Federer in the last four, broke the Swiss twice to sweep through the first set in half an hour. Although Federer raised his performance to level the match, Murray regained control by breaking in the fourth and sixth games of the third to seal victory in one hour 48 minutes.

Australian Open champion Nadal, who has won three of the last four grand slam singles titles, broke Roddick in the seventh game before clinching the first set in 40 minutes. With the wind picking up in the second, both players were twice broken before Nadal, who failed to serve out when leading 5-4, dominated the tiebreak to book his place in the final.