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Gunning for his maiden Major title, third-seeded Andy Murray showed his true class on Saturday, when he tackled trecherous windy conditions very well to defy the strong challenge of World No. 7 Tomas Berdych and secured his berth in the final of the 2012 US Open. Olympic gold medal winner, Andy Murray advanced into his fifth Grand Slam final with a came from behind over Tomas Berdych with a 5-7 6-2 6-1 7-6 (7) scoreline by playing a precision-oriented tennis.
Murray took almost four hours to win this encounter. The Scot mustered 73% points on his first serve and hammered 37 winners. But, the big difference was unforced errors, as the Scot committed 64 unforced errors as compared to Berdych’s 20, which made all the difference in deciding the outcome of this encounter.
After 1 hour and 25 minutes of play, Berdych clinched the first set. The Czech served really well in the first set and mustered 71% points on his first serve. Berdych hammered 13 winners as compared to Murray's 7 and converted 2 out of 3 break-points, while the Scot could only convert 1 out of 3 break-points. Murray tried to come hard at the Czech at times but he failed to get his act together during the crucial moments of the first set.
With a double break of serve, Andy Murray clinched the second set and earned the equalizer. The Scot broke Berdych in the very first game of the second-set and did not look back until he won it. Murray hammered 13 winners and converted 2 out of 4 break-points, while Berdych did not have a break-point opportunity in the second-set.
Just like the second-set, Murray kept the proceedings in control in the third-set and did not allow Berdych to settle down. Murray adapted really well to windy conditions, while Berdych just could not find his feet in the third-set. Both contenders exchanged a break of serve in the fourth set before it reached the tie-breaker – which was won by Murray.
Murray will take on the winner of the second semi-final match between defending champion Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer on Sunday.
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