US Open 2012: Day 14 Preview
September 9, 2012 · Print This Article
Windy conditions made life difficult on Day 13 for both players and tournament organisers, as Andy Murray made it through to the men’s final but the rest of the day’s matches were forced to be moved to Sunday.
Day 13 Recap
Swirling winds that probably reminded Murray more of his Scottish homeland than of New York made it hard for both Berdych and Murray to get into their rhythm early in the match, but it was the Czech who started better, breaking the third seed when Murray agreed to replay a point during which the Scot’s hat fell off.
Berdych went on to take the opening set 7-5 before Murray mounted a tremendous rearguard action, sweeping through the second and third sets for the loss of just 3 games as he adjusted his game to the conditions far more effectively than his opponent. When Murray went up 3-0 in the fourth set, it appeared to be lights out for the Czech star but Berdych rebounded to take the fourth set to a tiebreaker, only to lose it in a thriller, 9 points to 7.
Chasing that elusive first major, Murray will have to wait another day to find out who he plays in his fifth Grand Slam final. The other men’s semi-final, between David Ferrer and Novak Djokovic, got off to a surprising start with the Spaniard racing out to a 5-2 lead in the first set before the stormy weather forced organisers to cancel the rest of the day’s play. I’ll stick with my prediction that Djokovic will progress to the final, but it seems likely that the plucky Spaniard will pinch one set from the defending champion.
Sunday will now see Ferrer and Djokovic resume their semi-final before Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka go head to head for the women’s championship. For yet another year, the men’s final will now be played on the Monday.
That’s it for today. Enjoy the tennis and I’ll be back with another serve tomorrow.