Andy Murray vs. Tomas Berdych: Breaking Down 2012 US Open Semifinals Clash

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Andy Murray vs. Tomas Berdych: Breaking Down 2012 US Open Semifinals Clash
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Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer may be out of Andy Murray's way as he heads into the semifinals of the 2012 U.S. Open, but the guy who ousted Federer, Tomas Berdych, is his next opponent.

Berdych played brilliant tennis in the quarterfinals against Federer on Wednesday, ultimately taking the match, 7-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. 

The 26-year-old, who beat Federer in Cincinnati last year, racked up 14 aces in the match, while averaging 123 mph on his first serve and hitting 137 mph at one point, per USOpen.org. He also won 80 percent of first serve points and committed only 21 unforced errors, while Federer committed 40.

That came after the Czech defeated No. 11 seed Nicolas Almagro in straight sets, notching 17 aces and 39 winners while winning 90 percent of first serve points and committing just 16 unforced errors.

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Murray, on the other hand, had to battle No. 12 seed Marin Cilic on Wednesday before emerging victorious, 3-6, 7-6, 6-2, 6-0. He notched 11 aces and 39 winners, as well as winning 19 of 22 net points, but he captured just 8 of 19 break points, per USOpen.org.

However, it must be said that Murray was down in the second set, 1-5, before storming back and taking hold of the match. He has a mental game right now we are not accustomed to seeing from the embattled 25-year-old. 

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Murray, despite being the No. 3 seed in the tournament, certainly has a challenge on his hands with Berdych. Not only has Berdych been playing fantastic tennis lately, he holds a 4-2 advantage in head-to-head meetings. That includes a three-set victory over the Brit in Monte Carlo in April.

On the other hand, Murray beat Berdych in straight sets in Dubai on March 1 and he appears to be a different player than he used to be, particularly mentally.

This match should go down to the wire. I've been wrong before (see: Federer vs. Berdych, 2012 U.S. Open), but I think this is a case of a player in the zone with Berdych. I give the Czech the victory over Murray, with the Brit once again wondering what could have been.

 

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