Tomas Berdych threw out Murray and will play Stan Wawrinka in Mutua Madrid Open 2013 semis.
Last year’s runner up Berdych reached the semifinal stage after eliminating Madrid 2008 winner Andy Murray in straight sets. He suffered a loss of serve in the seventh game of the opener, yet he broke back immediately to make it 4-4. His serve was under a threat in the follow-up game as well with Murray producing four break points, yet the sixth seed Czech eventually held the service game and a tie-break would decide the winner of the first set in the end. Berdych escaped to 5-1 in the decider and soon had four set balls at his disposal – he tucked away the second one to go one nil up. Both players dropped their opening service games in the second set before the Czech breaking third seed Murray to love and confirming the break in the same fashion for a 4-2 lead. No more break point were generated after that which meant Berdych progressed with a 7-6 (3), 6-4 win after slightly less than two hours of tennis. He now leads their head-to-head 5-4.
Berdych’s semifinal opponent will be last week’s Estoril conqueror Wawrinka, seed number fifteen. The in-form Swiss broke his quarterfinal opponent Jo-Wilfried Tsonga three times in the opening set which he wrapped up in half an hour. He then built a 3-1 lead in the next set, but the seventh-seeded Frenchman prevent him to consolidate the break and the set would end in a tie-break – Wawrinka got close to sealing the match, yet all three of his match balls were squandered, allowing Tsonga to make it all square in the end. Even so, the Swiss remained mentally strong and did not gift his opponent any break points in the deciding set, while he seized the Frenchman’s serve in the fifth game. End result: 6-2, 6-7 (9), 6-4 after two hours and eighteen minutes of play. Wawrinka thus beat Tsonga for the second time in five meetings.
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