Andy Murray is aiming for his first Grand Slam win at the US Open. Image courtesy of heraldsun.com.au/Getty Images
Brit Andy Murray continues on his seemingly elusive search for a maiden Grand Slam win in the US Open on Sunday morning (AEST). In the semi-finals he’ll face Tomas Berdych , who ousted top seed Roger Federer in four sets in the quarters.
The head-to-head reads 4-2 in favour of the big serving Czech. Berdych has also come out on top in two of their three contests on hardcourt, although both of those wins came after Murray took the first set . The Scot did win their last battle on this surface in straight sets in Dubai at the start of this year. Despite his dismissal of Federer in the last round, Berdych has a poor record against his fellow top ten players. In 2012 he has won just three of those 12 matches, and his career record of 29-69 is even worse.
After winning gold at the London Olympics, Murray couldn't transfer that success to the American hardcourt circuit, losing in the round of 16 in both Cincinnati and Toronto. He has found form at the right time, though, and like Berdych, has dropped only two sets in reaching the semis.
In the other final four clash, Novak Djokovic is one win away from reaching his third straight US Open decider and the chance to defend his Flushing Meadows crown. The big Serbian seems to feel right at home in New York; this is the sixth straight time he has reached at least the semi-finals in the fourth Slam of the year.
Standing in his way of a place in the final is the man known as ‘The Wall’. Spaniard David Ferrer has been in the mix at every Grand Slam this year, making the quarters at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, as well as the semis at Roland Garros.
The fourth seed has a reasonable record against Djokovic, winning five of their 13 contests. Nine of those head-to-heads have been on hardcourt, with Djokovic holding a 7-2 advantage. Djokovic closed out each and every one of those seven matches in straight sets, while Ferrer did the same in his two wins.
Djokovic had to produce some outstanding tennis to beat Juan Martin del Potro in the quarters, and the 6-2, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 belies the closeness of the contest. Ferrer will be battling to back-up from his five-set marathon with another Serb, Janko Tipsarevic.
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