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Wild and Windy Men's Semifinal

by Julian Atienza

Flickr | multimediaimpre

Murray Beats Berdych, While Elements Cut Super Saturday Short

After a tornado touched down just off Queens and with more bad weather forecasted at around 5:00PM, tournament officials decided to move the Women's final between Victoria Azarenka(1) and Serena Williams(4) to Sunday at 4:30 PM. They hoped to have both Men's semifinal's completed before the rain, only one match was finished.

The wind played as much of a factor as third seed Andy Murray's play in his (5-7, 6-2, 6-1, 7-6) victory over Thomas Berdych(6). The tough conditions helped to prolong the match to almost four hours. In addition to tennis bags and changeover chairs flying onto the court, the wind made it very difficult to serve. The 6'5" Berdych known for his very high toss, was forced to pull down his toss many times throughout the match. He looked uncomfortable throughout, despite a strong push in the fourth set. Meanwhile, Murray made the necessary adjustments and raised his game to a level that would be considered great in the best of conditions. His superior movement and consistency gave Murray the decisive advantage, committing only 20 unforced errors the whole match. Berdych on the other hand, did not leave much margin on his shots and hit 64 unforced errors.

During his post-match press conference, Murray enjoyed a surprise visit from fellow Scottsmen Sir Sean Connery and Sir Alex Ferguson. Now, Murray will benefit from an extra day off, as he awaits the winner of the second semifinal.

Novak Djokovic(2) and David Ferrer(4) were almost able to play a full set before play was suspended. Like Murray, the 5'9" Ferrer is known for his court movement and consistency and he played like there was no wind at all. Unfortunatley for him, play was stopped just before he could serve for the set. The men are scheduled to resume play at 11:00AM Sunday, and the Men's Final has been moved to 4:00PM Monday.


Murray on the conditions Murray on the difference between this final and the one in 2008