World number four Andy Murray moved into his second US Open final by literally blowing away Tomas Berdych 5-7 6-2 6-1 7-6 (7).
The wind hindered what could have been an extremely competitive match, both players struggling with the 20 MPH gales that at one point caused a chair and bag to fly onto the court! Murray captured the first break but the czech player broke back due to some great sportsmanship by Murray who agreed replay a point after his cap flew off, even though he had saved the break point. At 5-6 in the first set Andy played a couple of loose points and let Berdych break to take the first set.
The soon to be world number three came out for the second set with a much better feel for the ball in the wind dominated match, using the slice to make life extremely uncomfortable for the czech player Murray raced through the second set playing the kind of tennis that can win him his maiden grand slam title. Tomas Berdych looked like a broken man in the third set holding serve just once, Andy adapted his aggressive game to the power of the wind and completely outplayed Berdych who had no answer to the Brit who broke to take the third set and raced to a 3-0 lead in the fourth set. In the fourth game of the fourth set, Berdych found a pulse in his game and clung to life taking Murray by surprise and winning three games in a row to get back on serve, ultimately though since the Czech players level had dropped the Brit had been playing at half pace, he moved up a couple gears to hold serve a few times with Berdych matching him into a tiebreak. Berdych seemed to threaten a fifth set with some red-hot form to take a 4-1 lead in the tiebreak but Murray showed his mental and physical strength to climb back up and grab a mini break making it 8-7 for a chance to serve for the match. Andy exploded into a roar when the Czech sent the ball long and sent Murray into the final! With the win Andy will overtake Rafael Nadal as world number three in the ATP rankings and solidify his claim to be part of the “big four” though as we approach the Asian swing, Murray has a lot of points to defend. Andy Murray really did play some incredible tennis against the man who upset world number one Roger Federer in the quarter finals and showed he can step it up in the big points.
The 2012 US Open Final awaits, Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer are going to battle for the chance to deny Murray his first slam, what I am hoping will not stick in his head too much is that no man has lost their first five grand slam finals especially considering it was his coach Ivan Lendl who lost his first four in a row. On paper Andy’s clear US Open final opponent is Djokovic who has been playing some great tennis over the last two weeks, but with Murray playing the way he has and taking into consideration his new mental state since winning his Olympic gold medal, I fancy Andy’s chances in outlasting the Serb over five sets. If David Ferrer could pull off the biggest upset of the tournament and reach the final then I firmly believe Andy would thrash the Spaniard due to a mix of both skill and experience, this being the Brits fifth slam final whereas it would be entirely new territory to Ferrer who has never made a final. Due to obscene weather conditions and the USTA’s inability to logically play semi finals simultaneously, the Djokovic Ferrer semi final has been postponed meaning it will be a Monday final and a day of rest for Andy Murray on Sunday. While Andy Murray can play the most mesmerizing tennis ever on court, it’s about maintaining that incredible form and in the past he hasn’t been able to, I think now he is capable and full of belief that this is his time, so I finish off with this: Always Believe!