Originally written on Tennis Panorama  |  Last updated 11/9/14
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FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – No.3 seed Andy Murray overcame battling 20 mph winds and 6th seed Tomas Berdych to reach his second US Open final 5-7, 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 (7) on Saturday in Arthur Ashe stadium. It will be the Scot’s fifth major final.

“It was brutal,” Murray said to CBS TV in a post-match interview. “Some of the hardest conditions I’ve ever played in, for sure, and I come from Scotland, so that’s saying something.”

The match which was supposed to begin at 11am was delayed by rain and a tornado warning. Due to the evening rain in the weather forecast, the women’s final scheduled to take place Saturday night was postponed.

Both men began the match trying to adjust to the extreme windy conditions. Murray broke in the third game, but Berdych bounced back with a break to even the set 2-2.

Both men stayed even until the 12th game when Berdych broke Murray to win the set 7-5 in 77 minutes.

 

The second set saw Murray controlling his play much better than his opponent in the extremely windy conditions, breaking the Czech in the first game and fifth game of the second set to cruise to a 6-2 set. Berdych’s errors zoomed up to 27 overall.

 

Murray went up a double break in the third set 4-0 and broke again for the set in the seventh game to win third set 6-1 in 39 minutes. Berdych contributed 11 unforced errors, earning only 14 points in the set.

The fourth set was almost a repeat of the third with Murray going up a break a break at 3-0. Berdych broke Murray and held to even the set at 3-3.

Six games later they played a fourth set tiebreaker. Murray bounced back from a 2-5 deficit to win the tiebreak 9-7, saving a set point along the way.

“The wind blew it away from me,” Berdych told media.

Murray’s win ensures that the Scot will move up to No. 3 in the world next week , moving ahead of Rafael Nadal

Murray will play the winner of the Novak Djokovic – David Ferrer semifinal in the final. The match with Ferrer leading 5-2 was suspended to extreme weather conditions. They will resume their match at 11am on Sunday which will move the men’s final to Monday at 4 pm.

(More to follow)

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