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Berdych Continues Cincy Run With Win Over Murray

Cincinnati, U.S.A.

Berdych© Getty ImagesTomas Berdych advanced to the Cincinnati semi-finals with a straight-sets win over Andy Murray.

Tomas Berdych moved into his fourth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final of the year with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Andy Murray on Friday. Berdych’s four Masters 1000 semis in 2013 is a career-high for the sixth-ranked Czech, having advanced as far in Indian Wells, Madrid and Rome. It is his second semi-final in Cincinnati as well (l. to Djokovic in 2011).

Berdych is very pleased with his level of play thus far. “I had a great three matches so far and playing really well. Even today it was good. I would say almost all the aspects…Now it's just important to keep it up and try to bring it for as long as I can."

Murray, meanwhile, was denied the opportunity to capture a third title at the Western & Southern Open and 10th overall ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown. The loss hurts Murray’s chances for Year-End World No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, in his three-way battle with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

“The court was lively today,” Murray said. “It was bouncing pretty high. It was quite tough to control the ball. I made too many errors…You have tactics for each player and sometimes executing the tactics is tough. That can be down to the way that your opponent plays. Sometimes it's the way that he plays. Sometimes it can be the conditions. You need to make adjustments.”

Berdych has rebounded nicely from his surprise defeat in the Montreal third round to Vasek Pospisil. He has only been broken once in 27 service game this week and has yet to relinquish a set. The Czech broke for a 5-3 lead in the first set today, on a netted forehand by Murray, and continued to apply the pressure in the second set, breaking in the fourth game and cruising from there.

Berdych will face the winner of tonight’s blockbuster between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the semi-finals. His Emirates Airline US Open Series will continue next week in Winston-Salem, where it was announced he would receive a wild card into the field.

The 2012 Winston-Salem finalist commented on adding an extra week to his summer hard court schedule. “That was kind of my tough decision last night, because I was asking the tournament director to hold me a wild card…I’m more like a guy that like to play matches than just keep on practising.”

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