Aggressive Murray books Australian Open final spot

Andy Murray says aggression was the key as he booked his place in the Australian Open final for the fourth time in his career with victory over Tomas Berdych.

Despite losing his second set of the tournament Murray made light work of the Czech to win in four sets 6-7 (6-8) 6-0 6-3 7-5.

The Olympic singles champion was on the back foot early as the Czech took the first set on a tie break but that only seemed to kick Murray into gear.

He came out all guns blazing in the second and quickly levelled things by taking the second set to love.

From there he never looked back as he came from 40-0 down in the sixth game to break Berdych’s serve and, ultimately, take the set.

And a break at 5-5 in the third gave Murray the chance to serve for the match and take his place in his eighth Grand Slam final against either Novak Djokovic or Stan Wawrinka.

“I was disappointed to lose the first set, I had a couple of chances at the end so I was disappointed but I was very aggressive in the second set and that helped,” he said.

“I changed tactics a little bit but I was getting more comfortable with the conditions and how he hits the ball.

“He hits hard and at the start I felt quite rushed and started to get used to that at the end of the first set.

“It was important to get the momentum back.

“I was trying to concentrate on my side of the court but I knew when I was dictating the point it worked and I was trying to do that more and more as the match went on.”

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