Grigor Dimitrov took his place in the China Open final after semi-final opponent, Milos Raonic withdrew before the contest citing an ankle problem.
Dimitrov had reached the final four with his first win over stunning victory over Rafael Nadal, and he will get a chance to earn a first tour title since 2014 when he takes on Murray on Sunday.
World number two, Murray was in cruise control in a routine 6-2 6-3 victory over David Ferrer.
Murray is alreeady assured a spot at the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London, but the Scot has got his sights set on Novak Djokovic’s world number one ranking, and victory in Beijing would close the gap between the two men to just 1,555 points.
Murray enjoys a 7-3 head-to-head advantage over Dimitrov, but the Bulgarian famously knocked out Murray at Wimbledon in 2014, when the Brit was the defending champion.