Madrid - Defending champion Andy Murray continued his serene passage into the
Madrid Masters semi-finals by sweeping past eighth seed Tomas Berdych
6-3, 6-2 on Friday.
Murray didn't even face a break point for the
second consecutive match as he adjusted to the indoor conditions caused
by the unusually inclement weather in the Spanish capital to extend his
winning record over Berdych to 8-6.
"There were different
conditions playing under the roof, I adjusted to them well and that was
the most pleasing thing for me," said Murray.
"I've only played three or four indoor clay matches in my life, so they weren't easy conditions against a tough opponent."
fast start put Murray in control as he broke the Berdych serve at the
first time of asking to lead 3-0 before serving out for the set.
the Scot's mixture of deep hitting, slices and drop shots caught the
Czech even more off guard in the second set as he won the last five
games to seal victory in just over an hour.
The two-time Grand
Slam champion could face a resurgent Rafael Nadal in Saturday's
semi-finals in a repeat of last year's final should the Spaniard
overcome Joao Sousa later on Friday.
Murray beat Nadal on clay for the first time in his career to claim his first Masters title on the surface in 2015.
Nadal has looked more like his old self in recent weeks with tournament
victories in Barcelona and Monte Carlo, where he beat Murray in the
"I think he's definitely playing better for sure, I also think I'm playing better than I was this time last year," added Murray.
have to learn from every match that you play against the best players.
When you get to the semis or finals you want to go onto the court with a
very clear gameplan and understanding of the things that work against
"If he wins I need to learn from the match I played against
him in last year's final and put in a good performance again tomorrow.
lot depends on the conditions. It is pretty different to Monte Carlo,
it is supposed to rain here the next few days and playing indoors
World number one Novak Djokovic is also in action later on Friday as he faces big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic.
Results from the ATP Madrid Masters and WTA Madrid Open on Friday (x denotes seeding):
Andy Murray (GBR x2) bt Tomas Berdych (CZE x8) 6-3, 6-2