For the fourth time in his professional career, British No. 1 Andy Murray will contest the final of the Australian Open – one of the two remaining Grand Slam events that he is yet to win.
Murray, who is contesting his first Major final since winning the Wimbledon Championships in 2013, reached that stage of the event with a four-set victory over the resurgent Tomas Berdych. The Briton rallied from a set down to defeat his Czech adversary 6-7(6), 6-0, 6-3, 7-5.
“I played very, very well tonight,” said Murray. “I’m very happy with the way that I played the match. To be in the final four times here, I mean, because I’m surrounded by guys like Roger, Novak and Rafa, doesn’t look like much, but that doesn’t happen that often. So I’m very proud of that.”
The 27-year-old Murray is through to his eighth Grand Slam final and is searching for his third Major championship, after winning the US Open in 2012, and the historic Wimbledon title the following year.
Berdych, who was coming off an upset thrashing of Rafael Nadal in the quarter-final – a win that snapped a 17-match losing streak to the Spaniard – was unable to extend his head-to-head lead over Murray.
“I’m very disappointed to lose this match,” said Berdych. “It was a big match. I just need to come back stronger and get myself better for it, and that’s it. What was the difference? I had one bad set for the second set, and that’s it. I was just trying to get my chances, trying to fight for it, but as I said, it was not enough and I’m very disappointed with it.”
Murray will now await the winner between Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka, which takes place on Friday night on Rod Laver Arena.