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Nadal rallies to beat Murray and reach Monte Carlo final

  • Spain's Rafael Nadal plays a return to Andy Murray of Great Britain during their semi final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Saturday, April 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

    Spain's Rafael Nadal plays a return to Andy Murray of Great Britain during their semi final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Saturday, April 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)  (The Associated Press)

  • France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga plays a return to Swiss Roger Federer during their quarter final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Friday, April 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

    France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga plays a return to Swiss Roger Federer during their quarter final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Friday, April 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)  (The Associated Press)

  • Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts after defeating  Andy Murray of Great Britain during their semi final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Saturday, April 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

    Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts after defeating Andy Murray of Great Britain during their semi final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Saturday, April 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)  (The Associated Press)

Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal beat second-seeded Andy Murray 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 Saturday to reach the Monte Carlo Masters final for the first time since 2013.

Murray dominated on his serve — and pressured Nadal's — throughout the first set, also using his drop shot to good effect.

But fifth-seeded Nadal broke Murray at the start of the second set to regain momentum and beat Murray for the third time in a semifinal here.

The Spaniard found his serving range in the decider, twice holding to love and eventually clinching victory on his fifth match point.

Nadal won the last of his eight straight titles in 2012 and lost the final to Novak Djokovic the following year.

He faces No. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or No. 13 Gael Monfils in the final.