The SG team will be live blogging tomorrow’s other semifinal match and it can be seen here: Djokovic – Ferrer Live US Open 2012
For the game by game report of today’s match between Murray and Berdych, click here: Murray – Berdych Live Commentary US Open 2012
Andy Murray conquered not only his opponent Tomas Berdych but brutal wind conditions to advance to his second U.S. Open final in New York.
Despite torrential rain this morning, conditions cleared to allow the first men’s semifinal to be contested though it meant both men had to deal with wind gusts of over 40 mph at times. During one point, Murray’s cap blew off of his head after he hit what looked like a winning drop shot. A testy exchange ensued between Berdych, Murray and the chair umpire after he ruled the point must be replayed. Murray ended up losing the point and from then on the Scot didn’t wear a cap the rest of the match.
Each player exchanged early breaks, but it was Berdych who hit through the wind to eventually take the prolonged 77 minute first set 7-5.
The Olympic gold medalist eventually settled down as he broke Berdych at love to start the second set and from there Murray took control as an errant forehand from Berdych gave him yet another break of serve at 4-1. Murray closed out the set 6-2.
The third set was almost a replay of the second set as the Brit opened with another break of serve to love. Now it was Berdych’s turn to be frustrated by the conditions as he racked up 11 unforced errors compared to two for Murray and the Scot romped through the third set with a 6-1 scoreline.
Berdych rebounded in the fourth set and kept close with Murray as both men entered a tiebreak. The Czech found his power game again and jumped out to 5-2 lead, but Murray responded with several backhand winners to pull even at 5-all. Berdych held a set point at 6-5 but the 2008 US Open finalist saved it with an ace and took control as the Czech’s forehands kept sailing long at key moments.
The Czech saved two match points, but it was a final forehand error from Berdych that allowed Murray to seal a 5-7, 6-2, 6-1, 7-6(7) victory in just under four hours of play.
Stats of the Match
Murray hit only 20 unforced errors in the match compared to Berdych’s 64 errors. Murray was only 7 of 22 on break point chances while Berdych only broke Murray three out of six times on the day.