Andy Murray bounced back from a scary start to the Miami Open quarterfinals to advance into the semifinal bout. He is set to face Tomas Berdych in the competition, and the winner of that bout moves onto the finals.
Murray competed against Dominic Thierry in the quarterfinals, and fell behind early in the round. A series of stumbles out of the gate caused Murray to drop the first set in a 3-6 loss to Thierry, but the tide began to turn in the second set.
Murray broke open the middle bout with a 3-0 lead, putting Thierry to work in the middle of the bout. At one point the score evened up at 4-4 before the UK’s number one bet took the lead and finished the set with a 6-4 final score.
The third set belonged to Murray as he settled back into his usual moves, losing only one game to Thierry. When the match point was won, Murray had a 6-1 third set score and a clear road to the semis against Berdych.
After the match, Murray told reporters he became more comfortable in the later sets, and commended Thierry as a challenging opponent.
“Being a good match player is understanding when to go for your shots and when to back off a little bit.”
The last time that Murray and Berdych faced off was at the Australian Open in January, also in a semifinal round. Murray won the previous meeting and earned a shot at the Grand Slam final against rival Novak Djokovic, though Djokovic won the Grand Slam title.
After succeeding Tim Henman as the most successful UK singles player in history, Murray said he wanted to win the Miami Open. Miami is where Murray trains during the offseason, and in many ways is a second home to the fourth seeded player on the ATP World Tour.
The Miami Open Finals could be another Murray-Djokovic head to head bout as Djokovic is a favourite to qualify from the other bracket. If the two men do reach the championship round, it will mark the 26th professional match between the two friendly rivals.