In difficult conditions Tomas Berdych put up a good fight but eventually it wasn’t enough today in the semifinals at the US Open. Andy Murray took the Czech out in blustery conditions 57, 62, 61, 76 to reach his fifth career Grand Slam final.
“Of course I don’t like to lose the match, and not the match like this in the semis which I thought that I had a pretty good chance,” said Berdych who held a set point in the fourth set breaker. “But, you know, I would say that the best word I can say is that the wind blow it away from me.”
While Berdych blamed much of his problems with his game on the wind he did praise the Scot for adjusting better than him to the difficult conditions.
“It affects a lot because I have a higher toss,” Berdych said. ‘Then when I’m not able to serve and go for the first serve and not making some points, straight points from the serve, then that’s not my game. So actually, it was quite hard to adjust to that, because I’m normally not used to that. It was really, really tough one.
“He dealed with that much better than I did.”
He even suggested that playing in such windy conditions should be ruled unplayable in the future.
“I think that our sport deserved to have some rule or if the conditions are like that that, you don’t play because of the rain,” Berdych said. “We play in Grand Slam in such a big tournament like this one, and especially missing the roof, it’s something which should be at least to think about. ”
The match was moved ahead an hour because of an approaching storm system that suspended the second semifinal between Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer just after 5pm with the Spaniard serving for the first set at 5-2. Berdych, however, wasn’t pleased with how the tournament handled the schedule.
“I saw the rain in the morning, then, I was like, Why should we come here even for 11:00 when they are expecting the rain, and then we have to wait here until later on?” he said. “Then, coming actually really early, because then if you have to be ready for 11:00 match, then you have to come here like around 8:00, 8:15, which is quite early. But, yeah, that’s how it is.”
After his first US Open semifinal, Berdych will prepare for a Davis Cup semifinal next weekend on clay in Argentina.
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