Murray reaches second career US Open final; Djokovic-Ferrer to resume match on Sunday
September 8, 2012 · Print This Article
US Open—New York
Played under 25 MPH winds, the day’s first semifinal match between Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych at the US Open was a challenging battle to say the least. After losing the first set in the latter stages, Murray upped his game and his defense from the baseline to defeat Berdych, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1, 7-6(7).
Overcoming a 5-2 deficit in the fourth set tiebreaker, Murray saved a set point from Berdych before winning his third match against the Czech in seven meetings.
Capturing the Olympic Gold medal and reaching the finals of Wimbledon, Murray will contest his fifth Grand Slam final on Monday afternoon. Murray will play either Novak Djokovic or David Ferrer for the title. The pair had their semifinal match halted at 5-2 Ferrer leading in the first set because of severe weather in the area. The match will resume on Sunday at 11am.
Striking five aces while hitting 37 winners to 20 unforced errors, Murray played an exceptionally clean match considering the conditions. The Scot later said that “they were the toughest conditions I’ve ever played in.”
Djokovic, the defending champion, looked disgruntled and flat during the opening stages of his contest against the Spaniard. Ferrer has never played in a major final, but has won five titles on the year and reached the semifinals at the French Open.