Berdych Beats Murray in Monte-Carlo Quarter Finals

Andy Murray Monte Carlo

World number 4 Andy Murray was knocked out by world number 7 Tomas Berdych after the Czech player rallied from a set down to complete a 6-7(4) 6-2 6-3 victory over the Scot.

Murray’s head to head with Berdych now drops to played 6 and won just 2 matches against the big serving Czech number 1. It is also the second Murray has let Berdych come from a set down to win the match after world number 7 managed this in Paris at the end of last year.

The British number one saved four set points in the first set before he secured the set with the help of a few bad bounces in the tie break. With Berdych failing to secure the first set after being the better player, the odds where surely with Murray to go on and wrap the match up in 2 sets. However it was Murray’s level which dipped and Berdych continued to play his game well securing two breaks of serve in the second set.

Murray spoke in press conference after the match,

At some points today in the match I did well, and at some points I didn’t do so well. Today is a good match to learn from because I was playing a top player who played very, very well. I hung in, in the first set. Then in the tie-break I got a few lucky bounces. He missed a couple of shots that he hadn’t been missing. At the start of the second set he obviously started playing better and my level dropped – as the scoreline suggests.

Berdych will now face World Number 1 Novak Djokovic in the semi finals, he spoke to the media on facing Novak,

I’m going to do everything the same like I do before every game. It’s a day to play the No. 1 player in the world, which is always great. It’s a semi-final, which is fantastic. But still, I want to play my best tennis and I want to do well. I just want to focus for myself and do the best on court. The last time I played him, I needed just one point to beat him and finish it. Didn’t happen. So now could be another try.