Murray sets up Djokovic showdown

By for on
Sir Andy Murray once again proved a class above Tomas Berdych today as he breezed past him and into the final of the Qatar Open in Doha. The Scot won his semi-final 6-3 6-4 to record his 28th straight tour win.

Berdych, now under the coaching wing of Goran Ivanisevic, began the match with a flurry of ill-advised drop shots. The Czech came up short in other areas, too, with a low first-serve strike rate contributing to a break at 1-2.

Largely playing possum to Berdych’s low-percentage power game, the world number one held on to clinch the first set and his 16th in succession against the big Czech.

The second set offered more of the same, despite Berdych winning more points on Murray’s serve in the second game than he did in the whole first set. The Brit held firm, though, and broke handily at 1-1 with some big forehands.

Berdych, hobbling a little with a slightly dicky ankle, wasn’t to be outdone and broke right back for 2-2. But Murray restored the advantage right away thanks to a Berdych double fault and some penetrating groundshots.

It was a lead the top seed never looked like squandering and, at 5-4, a couple of aces and a brace of service winners punctuated by a huge winner from the Czech sealed Murray’s spot in the final.

The Scot will face Novak Djokovic, who saved five match points during his defeat of Fernando Verdasco, in a lip-smacking appetiser to a possible main course in the Australian Open final in three weeks’ time.
Good report Nige. 16 sets in a row? Blimey.
January 06, 2017, 08:14 PM
By boogers

Many thanks Nigel.  This must be one of the very few matches I haven't felt nervous about because Andy just looked so in control of everything even when things looked about to go against him.
January 07, 2017, 12:02 AM
By Aileen

Murraysworld real voice is Nige  .... glad your still around. bigarmhug
January 07, 2017, 12:29 AM
By robbie

Wasn't able to watch this one so thanks for the report.  It doesn't seem that long ago when I used to quake before matches against the bird (aka ff).  But, while it's always possible there'll be a blip one day, it does seem as if Andy well and truly has got him under his thumb these days.   yay
January 07, 2017, 07:45 PM
By Ruthie

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