Miami - Andy Murray will try to cap a milestone week with a third Miami
Masters title after beating Czech Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-4 on Friday to
secure his final berth.
Murray, who this week joined the elite
club of players to win 500 career matches, booked his fourth trip to the
championship match at Key Biscayne, where he'll face either world
number one Novak Djokovic or American John Isner.
defeated Murray in the Australian Open final for his eighth Grand Slam
crown, is trying to become the first player to sweep the Indian Wells
and Miami Masters titles on three separate occasions. He achieved the US
hardcourt double in 2011 and again last year.
Djokovic owns a 6-2
career record over Isner, the big-serving American who powered past US
Open runner-up Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals to become the first
American man to reach Miami's final four since Mardy Fish in 2011.
the win over Berdych, Murray evened his record against the
eighth-seeded Czech at 6-6 and backed up his victory in the semi-finals
of the Australian Open.
"I thought it was a high quality match,"
said the 27-year-old Scot, who is set to return to number three in the
world next week. "We were both striking the ball clean. I felt I
returned a bit better, and that made the difference."
The two sets
unfolded in identical fashion, Scotland's Murray opening with a break
of Berdych's serve, dropping his own serve then breaking again.
second break in each set proved enough for Murray, who is now poised to
battle for his first Masters level title since he lifted the trophy
here at Crandon Park in 2013.
Down 0-30 in the ninth game of the second set, Berdych rallied to hold serve and force Murray to serve for the match.
trailed 0-30, but battled back and gave himself a match point with an
angled forehand volley followed by a backhand cross-court winner before
sealing it with a final cross-court forehand that was too much for the