Though the scoreline suggests otherwise, the match was an extremely close battle of wits with both former world champions performing to the highest standard.
Murphy, who beat Stuart Bingham in the previous round, started the first frame in particular style, building separate breaks of 60 and 59.
World number three Higgins flexed his muscle moments later, scoring a break of 80 to level the tie with a dominant display in the second, before taking the lead with a technical win in the third.
In keeping with the see-saw style, Murphy fired straight back to level the match at 2-2 ahead of the interval, winning a scrappy and cautious frame with a score of 63-27. Higgins then turned the semi-final on its head, edging a scrappy sixth to take a 3-2 lead.
Unaffected by temporarily falling behind, Higgins built a break of 76 without reply, leaving Murphy needing at least three snookers to win the frame. To his credit, the Englishman made a valiant attempt but ultimately failed, leaving the match level once again at 3-3.
Predictably, in the context of the match, Higgins regained the lead in emphatic fashion, adding breaks of 35 and to 94 together to bag a 129-0 win. Seemingly in the groove, the Scot went on to score the highest break of the tournament with an excellent 135 in the eighth, taking a 5-3 lead.
With the pressure on, a Murphy error allowed Higgins to close out the encounter in the ninth frame, booking his place in Sunday’s showpiece final against Judd Trump, who beat Mark Williams earlier in the day.