Murray will face Tomas Berdych for a place in the Australian Open final
Andy Murray’s excellent form at the 2015 Australian Open continued on Tuesday when the Brit downed Nick Kyrgios in straight sets to reach the semi-finals of the men’s singles.
Murray is now bidding to reach the final of this Grand Slam for the fourth occasion after finishing runner-up on three previous occasions, with bookmaker bet365 going 5/2 that the Scot finally breaks his duck in Melbourne.
There was plenty to like about Murray’s victory against his Australian opponent, especially the way in which the two-time Grand Slam winner dealt with Kyrgios in a second-set tie-break, something which really turned the match in his favour.
However, Murray will be facing a dangerous opponent in the semi-finals, with Tomas Berdych trouncing Rafael Nadal in straight sets and leaving the Spaniard unable to cope with an inspirational performance from the Czech.
“I was definitely ready for it, I set up my plan pretty well and stuck with that all the way through the three sets,” a delighted Berdych said. “I was expecting a very tough battle but I was ready for everything and I think that was the biggest difference.
“I started pretty well but you are playing Rafa and you have to really keep going until the last point. You have to be ready for everything. He is a great fighter but I stayed focused and kept doing my stuff and it was working pretty good.”
Berdych praised the influence of new coach Dani Vallverdu, who previously helped Murray win grand slam titles at the US Open and Wimbledon.
“I’ve been really happy with how we work together so far but the good thing is I am already able to execute the things on the court,” Berdych added. “It works well. We set up a great plan for today and it worked, so what could be better?
“I think I’m going to keep it a bit secret. That would be really pointless setting up the tactics and the way how we want to prepare for the matches if I just open up everything here.
“But he changed a lot of things. He changed a lot of positive things.”
Paddy Power go 9/1 about a Berdych win and he could push Murray close for a place in the final, with Novak Djokovic remaining odds-on favourite to claim yet another Australian Open title.