INDIAN WELLS, Calif. - Rafael Nadal edged Andy Roddick 6-4, 7-6 (4) Saturday to move into the BNP Paribas final.
No. 1 Nadal, constantly powering his forehand into the corner to Roddick's backhand, ended several long rallies by passing Roddick with a shot down the line when the American came to the net.
Nadal, the 2007 Indian Wells champion, improved to 5-2 against the seventh-ranked Roddick.
The 22-year-old Spaniard next will play Andy Murray, who beat Roger Federer 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 for his fourth straight victory over the former world No. 1.
Nadal finished with 17 forehand winners to Roddick's four. Nadal also was effective when he went to the net, winning 11 of 15 points to Roddick's 10 of 27.
Nadal will have another difficult match Sunday against Murray, a 21-year-old Scot who's off to 20-1 start this year and already has won two tournaments.
"I think he's more focused all the time, he's more regular," Nadal said. "Before, he has one good match and later he plays one set well and two sets not at the same level."