السبت , يونيو 6 2020

Murray faces Djokovic in Miami final

Britain’s Andy Murray will face world number one Novak Djokovic in the final of the Miami Open on Sunday.

Third seed Murray beat Czech eighth seed Tomas Berdych 6-4 6-4 to reach the final for a fourth time.

The 27-year-old Scot, who

reached 500 career wins this week,

won the title in 2009 and 2013.

Defending champion Djokovic overcame USA’s John Isner 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 to set up a meeting with Murray,

whom he beat in Indian Wells

last week.

Murray’s convincing victory, in which he broke Berdych’s serve four times, took his career record against him to 6-6.

“I did most things well; there’s not a lot I could complain about,” said Murray.

“My second serve was much better in the second set. I served well on the big points and got a lot of free points behind my serve.

“I’ve played well this week, much better than I did at Indian Wells.”

The match was a repeat of the

Australian Open clash in January,

which Murray won in four tense sets as he went up against Berdych and former coach Dani Vallverdu.

Dani Vallverdu coach and Jez Green

Vallverdu and Green were in Berdych’s corner after leaving Team Murray last November

There was another familiar face in the Berdych box in Miami after fitness coach Jez Green recently began working with the Czech, having

left Murray’s team along with Vallverdu

last November.

In contrast to Melbourne, Murray made the sharper start on Saturday, breaking the Berdych serve either side of dropping his own.

Berdych looked unsettled, complaining about the balls and a line call as Murray saw out the set by making an impressive 77% of first serves.

A confident Murray broke to love early in the second set, but two double faults gave the advantage straight back.

Both men were stepping in and attacking returns at every opportunity, and Murray’s strength in that area proved the difference when he broke Berdych for a fourth time.

He almost clinched victory with a fifth break and had to recover from 0-30 to serve it out.

Although the first set against Isner went to a tie-break, Djokovic never faced a break point as he won in an hour and a half.

“I played a terrific match,” said Djokovic, who has won the Miami title four times.

“The opening set was pretty close. His resistance wilted a bit in the second set.

“Andy has been playing so well this year. He lives here and spends a lot of time practising on these courts, so he’s familiar with the conditions.”

Tomas Berdych

Berdych twice had cause to complain to the umpire in the first set

Tomas Berdych and Andy Murray

Berdych had not been beaten by Murray since 2012, but has lost twice to the Scot in 2015

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