2012 US Open Murray Fights Back to Beat Cilic

Andy Murray was a set and 5-1 down in his quarter final against Croatia’s Marin Cilic before the Scot finally showed up to the match, winning the 18 of the next 21 games to book his slot in the US Open semi-finals for the third time.

Murray beat the 12th seed 3-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 6-0.

The match was switched from Arthur Ashe Stadium to the smaller Louis Armstrong court and it seemed Murray was struggling from making the change from the full house of the New York night session in his previous match to the almost empty Louis Armstrong court. The quietness of Armstrong was down to the final games of Andy Roddick’s career, but as the Roddick match ended, crowds started to file in and Murray seemed to feed off the extra energy.

The turn around in the match can’t all be put down to Murray. Cilic got tight in spectacularly fashion, he failed to serve out the second set twice, once at 5-2 and again at 5-4. He was even up a mini break in the tie break and again failed to serve out form a winning a position.

After the win Murray spoke to the media,

I’ve had a lot of tough matches – everyone goes through them. We’ve seen Rafa, Novak and Roger struggle here. There is pressure on you to perform well, expectations are high and sometimes you’re nervous.

The Scot is into to the last four for the second year running. Last year he had to face Rafael Nadal, but this year there’s no top 2 player to meet with Roger Federer losing in his quarter final to Tomas Berdych. He will go into the match as the favourite, though the Murray Berdych head to head suggests Murray will find it tough to make the final.