Murray edges out Berdych
November 5, 2012 17:15 pm
Andy Murray was victorious in his first match on home soil as a grand slam tennis champion as he fought back from a set down to defeat Tomas Berdych at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
With Novak Djokovic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also in his round-robin group at London's O2 Arena, US Open champion Murray was looking to make a fast start in his opening match.
He dropped the opening set but fought back well to level the match and from there he kept Berdych at arm's length to win 3-6 6-3 6-4.
Murray was given a huge ovation as he entered the arena, the crowd roaring when he was announced as US Open champion and in particular Olympic gold medallist.
Murray delivered an early statement of intent as he powered away a backhand winner, but missed out on the chance to break. He had three more break points in the fifth game, but Berdych found first serves when he needed them to hold on and then opened up a 4-2 advantage.
The Czech continued to stave off break points and Murray was unfortunate to see a forehand clip the top of the net before flying long.
He rallied in the third game of the second set, though, saving three break points.
Berdych clawed his way back from 0-40 for the second time in the match but a fourth chance followed and Murray took advantage before clinching the set 6-3 when his opponent drilled a backhand wide.
Berdych started to look a little rattled during the final set, but he dug in on his service games - although he was unable to make any headway on Murray's.
The home favourite double-faulted on his first match point, but on the second Berdych netted a backhand, leaving Murray to roar with delight as the fans acclaimed their man.
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