Andy Murray eased past Spain's David Ferrer on Saturday to book a China Open final date with Grigor Dimitrov.
The 29-year-old needed just 90 minutes to advance to the final after coming through his last-four match-up 6-2 6-3 in Beijing.
The Scot looked as though he might be in for a real battle after going a break down in the opening set only for the three-time Grand Slam champion to hit back and reel off five consecutive games to take a 1-0 lead.
He advanced to 30-0 on Ferrer's serve when leading 5-2 in the second set but was forced to serve out for the win after his opponent took the game by showing the fighting spirit that has been the hallmark of his career for the past decade.
Murray will square off with Dimitrov on Sunday after the Bulgarian was handed a walkover in his semi-final match with Milos Raonic.
The Wimbledon finalist was unable to play due to an ankle problem and Dimitrov will now have the unenviable task of trying to beat a player who seems right at the top of his game.