Andy Murray admited he managed to rein in the threat of Tomas Berdych early on last night after he reached his fourth Miami Open final – and set up another meeting with World No.1 Novak Djokovic in the process.
The Olympic champion broke Berdych’s serve four times on the way to a slick 6-4 6-4 victory over the Czech and he will now bid to win the final for the third time in his career.
Djokovic booked his place in Sunday's final shortly after Murray's win when he beat the big serving American John Isner 7-6 (7-3) 6-2.
It’s already been a landmark week for Murray, having notched his 500th ATP tour win in his last-16 triumph over Kevin Anderson.
But to go the whole way it is likely he must face Djokovic on Sunday – who plays John Isner in his semi-final – after the Serb beat Murray at Indian Wells two weeks ago.
However, 27-year-old Murray insists the form he’s showed this week means he’s capable of getting the better of his long-time foe.
“I did most things well, there’s not a whole lot I can complain about,” he said. “(The conditions) were OK for first serves, but when you were tossing the ball a little bit behind you for second serves it was extremely tough to see from one end of the court.
“Second serve was much better in the second set and I felt I dictated a lot of the points from the baseline as soon as I got myself in a neutral position off the return. I made him move and that was very important.
“I need to play better than I did last week (to beat Djokovic), that would be a good start.
“I know I need to play a high level of tennis against him, he returns well so you need to get the balance right about being patient and dictating the points when you get the opportunity.
“I would need to be aggressive on his second return, that’s something I’ve felt I’ve done well all week and in Indian Wells maybe not so much.”
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