9/8/12 10:39 PM | Cheryl Murray
World No. 4 Andy Murray overcame challenges from the weather and opponent Tomas Berdych to earn a spot in Sunday's final.
The wind wrecked havoc on this semifinal match between Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych. Gusts knocked over chairs, tennis bags and stopped play numerous times from flying hats and debris. And in the midst of all of that, Murray found a way to get through 5-7, 6-2, 6-1, 7-6(7). After the match, Murray said "It was some of the hardest conditions I've ever played in, for sure."
It was Murray who drew first blood in the first round, but he had not found his range with the gusts and Berdych not only got the break back, but he also secured another with the Scot serving at 5-6 to take the first set.
Murray pulled himself together impressively in the second set. The world No. 4 seemed to figure out a lower-risk way to play through the tough weather, while Berdych's game fell apart.
Berdych began to donate error after error to the Murray cause as he struggled with the conditions. Murray held serve comfortably while Berdych was broken twice to put the match on level terms.
The Czech continued to play poorly in the third set. It was the most lop-sided frame they played. Murray zipped through the set again with no break points against him, and this time broke Berdych three times for good measure.
Murray appeared headed for more of the same in the fourth set. The No. 3 seed jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but Berdych found himself just in time to give the crowd one more thing to cheer for. Berdych earned the break back again and held on long enough to force the tiebreaker. Momentum shifted a number of times, but it was Murray who was the better player in the match and it was Murray who rightfully won the match when Berdych sent a forehand long.
Murray awaits the winner of Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer in the final, which is scheduled for Sunday.
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