Andy Murray produced a dominant display in his quarter-final match against world number eight Thomas Berdych to set up a showdown with Rafael Nadal.
The Scot was in fine form as he put Berdych to the sword in a display that can easily be considered his best of the season, triumphing 6-3 6-2 in just one hour and 16 minutes.
Murray won his first clay tournament in 2015 in Madrid after producing a breathtaking display to beat Nadal in the final in straight sets. The world number two will take heart from this, despite losing to the Spaniard in a tight affair at the Monte-Carlo Masters last month.
Nadal, however, has been in imperious form since the clay season began, winning his previous two tournaments before he heads to Roland Garros with the hope of claiming a tenth title. The 29-year-old set up the clash with Murray following a three set victory over Joao Sousa, despite a lapse in concentration which saw the Portuguese take the second set.
Murray will lose his number two world ranking to Roger Federer if he fails to retain his title in Madrid, which could have repercussions on his seeding at Roland Garros later this month.