So what does that mean for the Wimbledon champion as he prepares for SW19, which begins in a little over a fortnight?
WHAT MURRAY SAID
The seventh seed described it as "a bad, bad day" and admitted that the semi-final was the most difficult test Nadal had ever given him.
"Today he was hitting extremely hard, extremely heavy, returning well, and was hitting it well on the run.
"Yeah, that's the toughest match I have played against him.
"You can go out there with all the tactics in the world, but when he's hitting the ball like that, it's very difficult to hit the ball where you want to."
He was asked if it was too challenging for him to play well after spending over four hours more on court during the tournament than his opponent, but Murray was quick to dismiss that as an excuse.
"If it was, I've only got myself to blame, because I was in control of a lot of the matches that went longer than maybe they should have been," he said.
"So if that did have anything to do with it, it was completely my fault."
WHAT NADAL SAID
The defending champion was unsurprisingly delighted with his performance and the result.
"I think I played some of my best tennis at Roland Garros today.
"I'm very emotional to reach the final again. It's a dream. Novak is an unbelievable opponent."
His dominance of the semi-final has reassured him a little after a tough season.
"My feeling is I am doing things better and I am playing better again, so that's a positive feeling for me.”
Murray's display against Nadal in the Italian Open - where he took the first set in a close encounter - may have given his fans a false sense of security prior to this semi-final.
But Nadal dug deep in Rome to take the match 1-6 6-3 7-5, and was never in trouble on Chatrier. He's nicknamed the King of Clay for a reason - he's looking for his ninth title at Roland Garros, and has extended his career record in Paris to 65 wins and just one defeat.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
It's straight on to the final for Nadal, who faces Novak Djokovic in an effort to secure yet another French Open win.
Then it's time for some grass acclimatisation next week as the players head over to Queen's Club prior to Wimbledon, where Murray will face the challenge of defending his own Grand Slam title.
He's still coachless after he parted company with Ivan Lendl in March - although John McEnroe has gone on record saying that he would be interested in any vacant coaching positions - but remains adamant that his game has been unaffected.
Still, a crushing defeat like the one Nadal dished out is going to be hard to bounce back from - so perhaps it's for the best that he's immediately going to be on home turf (literally) and with a supportive crowd behind him.
That's certainly what Murray thinks.
"I'm really looking forward to going back," he said. "I think it will give me a lot of positive energy."
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