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Andy Murray reaches US Open final

Updated: Saturday, 08 Sep 2012 22:38

Andy Murray has reached the US Open final
Andy Murray has reached the US Open final

Andy Murray overcame Tomas Berdych and "some of the hardest conditions I've ever played in" to reach his fifth grand slam final at the US Open.

A storm delayed the start of play and, although the rain cleared, an extremely strong wind blew the whole way through the match, disrupting play on numerous occasions and making life extremely tough for both players.

But, although Murray lost a tight first set, it was he who coped with the conditions better, surviving a fightback in the fourth set from Berdych to win 5-7 6-2 6-1 7-6 (9/7) in three hours and 58 minutes.

Murray will have to wait until Monday to try and win his first grand slam title after adverse weather conditions forced play to be abandoned for the day at Flushing Meadows.

The second semi-final between Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer began amid the same strong wind in which Murray had played.

Ferrer opened up a 5-2 lead but with a tornado expected in New York, play was called off with tournament officials confirming on the competition`s website that the match would be finished tomorrow.

It will be the 25-year-old's second consecutive grand slam final after his Wimbledon loss to Roger Federer and his second US Open final, with his first experience of a major showpiece coming here in 2008, when he also lost to Federer.

Talking about the conditions afterwards to CBS, Murray said: "You have to focus for every point. The chairs were flying onto the court, it was hard to serve.

"It's some of the hardest conditions I've ever played in and I come from Scotland so that's saying something."

He added: "From the end of the first set I was in control. At 3-0 in the fourth I had three break points, but from the far side of the court it was very tough so I got broken in the next game. I just tried to hang in there and I did a good job at the end."

The result also means Murray will overtake Rafael Nadal to become the new world number three, but most importantly it gives him the chance to claim his first grand slam title.

Murray will meet either defending champion Novak Djokovic or Spain's David Ferrer in the final and, asked if he feels this is his time after winning Olympic gold, Murray said: "I hope so.

"You can never say for sure, I know how hard these tournaments are to win. David and Novak are top, top players.

"When the conditions are like this, anything could have happened. I'll give everything in the final."

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