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Miami Open: Andy Murray beats Tomas Berdych to reach final

2015-04-04 00:08:04

Andy Murray

Britain's Andy Murray reached his fourth Miami Open final with a convincing straight-sets win over Czech eighth seed Tomas Berdych.

Third seed Murray won 6-4 6-4 and will play world number one Novak Djokovic or 22nd seed John Isner on Sunday.

The Scot, 27, broke Berdych's serve four times as he took his career record against the Czech to 6-6.

Murray, who won the Miami title in 2009 and 2013, is set to return to third in the world rankings next week.

Asked about a possible final against Djokovic, having lost to the Serb in Indian Wells last week, he said: "I know I need to play high-level tennis.

"He returns well so I need to get the balance right of being patient but dictating points when I get the opportunity.

"I've played well this week, much better than I did at Indian Wells."

Friday's first semi-final was a repeat of the Australian Open clash in January, which Murray won in four tense sets as he went up against Berdych and former coach Dani Vallverdu.

There was another familiar face in the Berdych box in Miami after fitness coach Jez Green recently began working with the Czech, having left Murray's team along with Vallverdu last November.

Andy MurrayVallverdu and Green were in Berdych's corner after leaving Team Murray last November

In contrast to Melbourne, Murray made the sharper start this time around, breaking the Berdych serve either side of dropping his own as he took charge early on.

Berdych looked unsettled, complaining about the balls at one stage and then a line call as Murray saw out the set by making an impressive 77% of first serves.

Things got worse for the Czech at the start of the second as a confident Murray broke to love, but the Briton handed him a lifeline as two double faults gave the advantage straight back.

Both men were stepping in and attacking returns at every opportunity, and Murray's strength in that area proved the difference when he broke the Czech for a fourth time as the pattern of the first set was repeated.

Murray almost clinched victory with a fifth break and had to recover from 0-30 when trying to serve it out, but a rasping forehand sealed the win and he let out a scream of delight.

"I did most things well, there's not a lot I could complain about," added Murray.

"My second serve was much better in the second set, I served well on the big points and got a lot of free points behind my serve.

"I dictated a lot of the points from the baseline and that's important because when he's inside the baseline and controls points, he's a very powerful guy."

Andy MurrayBerdych twice had cause to complain to the umpire in the first set

Andy MurrayBerdych had not been beaten by Murray since 2012, but now has lost twice to the Scot in 2015

Source: bbc.co.uk

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