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By Ajay Tyagi
Terrific performance from Tomas Berdych, as he earned a came from behind victory over mighty Murray and secured his berth in the semi-final of the 2012 Monte Carlo Masters. Berdych looked well in control from the beginning of the match, but he lost the first set. The Czech geared up after losing the first set and fired 59 winners in total to rally past Murray.
Berdych holds on as he moves just one game away from winning this match. A rather close game one must say as he manages holding it to lead 5-3 in the final set. Murray serves to stay alive in this match.
Murray keeps his nose close to Berdych's as he raises his tennis to keep himself in the match. Berdych would be aiming to hold his serve twice to move into the next round. Berdych leads 4-3.
Berdych holds a very important service game this time around to lead 4-2. Berdych was a bit off color in this game but finally held. Berdych is show casing some really high quality tennis as he looks to prevail.
Murray struggles and holds as he still keeps himself in contention in this match. Murray digs in as trails 2-3 in the final set with a hope of breaking Berdych again.
Berdych consolidates the break as he leads 3-1 by just losing a point. Berdych is moving closer to winning as he takes one step at a time.
A third break on the trot! A simple overhead missed by the the Scot saw him lose his serve. A very shaky start by both the players as Berdych leads 2-1 in the final set.
Murray breaks back immediately and snatches the advantage from the Czech! As long rallies become a part of the match, it will be interesting to see how both players react to this situation. 1 game all in the final set.
Berdych breaks! He keeps the momentum building as Murray shrigs his shoulders in disappointment. Berdych is outplaying Murray in every aspect here and is not letting him settle down. Berdych leads 1-0 in the final set.
A great second set by Berdych as he wins it 6-2. Berdych took complete control of the set right from the word go as he broke the Murray serve twice to and hit 12 winners to win this set in 39 minutes. Berdych won a great 93% of first serve points in this set and also won 66% of the net points. Brace yourself for a final set!
A shank by Murray hands Berdych another break in the second set. Berdych now comes out to serve for the set and take it to the limit. Murray keeps trying to mix his game but is not successful. Berdych leads 5-2.
Berdych keeps holding comfortably as he moves closer to winning the second set. He leads 4-2 as a rather desperate Murray looks for answers.
Murray holds after losing one point on his serve as he tries repairing the damage done. A comfortable hold by the Scot as Berdych leads 3-2 in the second set.
Berydch is moving strength to strength as he consolidates the break to lead 3-1. Murray is showing signs of nervousness as he commits errors again and again.
Berdych breaks! A very casual game the third seed as his carelessness lead to this mishap. Berdych took full advantage of a rather sloppy Murray as he leads 2-1.
Berdych responds strongly as he keeps fighting, indicating he is in for a battle. Murray on the other hand faces a lot of difficulties on the Czech's serves. Its 1 game all in the second set.
Murray starts the second set with a hold, keeping the tempo up. A good service hold by the Scot as he looks to finish the match in straight sets. Murray leads 1-0 in the second set after taking the first one.
After 1 hour and 15 minutes of play, Murray clinched the first set. Czech Berdych had 7 break-points and 4 set points, but he failed to convert those and also remained unlucky as uneven bounce forced him to lose a few crucial points in the tie-breaker. Murray kept it simple and committed only 8 unforced errors, as compared to Berdych's 16.
Tremendous hold from Murray as he saves four set points and takes this battle into a tie-breaker here. Berdych does all the hard-work but fails to win a few crucial points. Now, we will have the fitting winner of the first set.
Another easy hold for Berdych. The Czech relies on his serve and delivers. Murray has not been able to tackle Berdych's serve here. Its 5-6, first set.
Murray gives a fitting reply to Berdych as he holds on to a love-service game and equalizes the proceedings at 5-5, first set. It seems that we are heading towards a tie-breaker here.
The Czech makes no mistakes with his serve and stays in front. Berdych executes a fine volley and then fires a big serve in the middle. Its 4-5, first set. Now, Murray will serve to stay alive in the first set. Intense battle is on!
Murray holds on to a tricky service game this time and keeps the proceedings even at 4-4, in the first set. The Scot fires a quick serve in the middle and then compliments it with another.
Berdych holds on to an easy service game - and keeps his nose in front - at this crucial juncture of the first set. The Czech puts the pressure back on Murray. No break of serve so far. Are we heading towards a tie-breaker here?
Berdych comes hard at Murray, but the Scot stands firm against the onslaught to stay even on the scorecard - in this stage of the first set. Murray outruns Berdych with a quick cross-court backhand winner and then seals the deal with backhand winner down the line. Its 3-3, first set.
A love-service hold from the Czech this time and he manages to keep his nose in front. Berdych stands firm and serves better to stay on course. Its 3-2, first set.
Another easy hold for Murray and he manages to keep the proceedings even at this early stage of the first set. Its 2-2, first set.
Berdych holds on to a tricky service game this time and gets a slender lead in the first set. The Czech smacks a volley winner and then his probing serve - does the rest. Its 2-1, first set.
Murray holds on to an easy service game and makes a fine start to the match. The Scot is looking in fine form in this tournament. Its 1-1, first set.
Berdych makes a fine start to the match, as he does not waste much time to get on board. Its 1-0, first set.
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