Murray Secures US Open Final Spot

Andy Murray over came Tomas Berdych and windy conditions in New York to secure a finals spot with his 5-7, 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 win.

Play began in horrendous conditions with Berdych seemingly determined to hit through the wind while Murray used his mobility and more varied play to combat the wild gusts of air.

Murray was the first to draw blood for a 2-1. While there were some moments of good sportsmanship there were also ridiculous moments where Berdych’s ball toss would be carried so far away from him in the wind that it landed in the tram tracks.

As Murray struggled to keep level and 4-5 and again at 5-6 he showed his frustration by repeatedly hitting his hand against his forehead. Eventually, on his second chance, Berdych closed out the first set 7-5 with a ripping forehand winner.

Andy Murray secured three break points in the opening game of the second set due to his impressive lob and volley skills and his even more impressive foot speed.

Again Murray broke for a 4-1 lead as Berdych seemed to lose his way and concentration in the continuously difficult conditions. As Murray tried to serve for the set at 5-2 a powerful gust of wind sent chairs, racket bags and other equipment flying onto the court.

In the third set things continued to unravel quickly for Berdych, finding himself down 4-0 in a matter of moments.

With Murray leading 3-1 in the fourth Berdych staged a resistance breaking back to get back on serve for 2-3 and eventually forcing a tiebreak.

Tomas opened the tiebreak with a mini break on a smashing forehand return as he seemed suddenly inspired to improve his foot work rather than just planting his body and swinging. With a 3-0 lead Murray desperately tried to avoid a fifth set but Berdych again took a mini break and a 4-1 lead.

Murray’s fight back was interrupted by more flying debris that gave Berdych another first serve and an ace forcing Murray to mix up his play and depth of shot.

Some great returning from Murray got him level at 5-5 before Tomas charged towards the net to stand one point away from a fifth set. An error from Tomas when his approach shot sailed long gave Andy one match point but was again denied by an ace of the Czechs racket.

With a match point finally on his serve Murray roared his way into the US Open final, meeting Tomas at the net for a lukewarm hand shake.

While the other mens semi final prepared to take on the gusty conditions the womens final was cancelled due to an anticipated worsening of the weather and the grey clouds that eventually paused David Ferrer’s match against Novak Djokovic.

I maintain my point of view that when and if Andy Murray gets across the line and takes his first Grand Slam it will be at the US Open. Thankfully for the Scot he might have a little help from a confidence boosting gold medal.

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