Murray wary of Berdych
Andy Murray insists he will not be underestimating Tomas Berdych when they go head-to-head on Saturday.
Last Updated: 07/09/12 5:44am
Andy Murray insists he will not be underestimating Tomas Berdych when they go head-to-head for a place in the US Open final on Saturday.
The Czech produced a display of supreme power and no little skill to defeat an error-prone Roger Federer in four sets, meaning he is through to his third grand slam semi-final.
Meanwhile, Britian's number one had to dig deep to fight back from a set and 5-1 down to overwhelm Croatia's Marin Cilic.
Berdych, 26, has only ever reached one grand slam final and that came at Wimbledon two years ago when he also defeated Federer in the last eight and then saw off Novak Djokovic, eventually falling to Rafael Nadal in the final.
But Murray is well aware of Berdych's qualities having lost four of his six previous meetings with the world number seven, most recently on clay in Monte Carlo earlier this year.
He said: "He's a huge, huge hitter of the ball. Even if you want to dictate points and be aggressive, he can take that away from you because he's such a powerful guy.
"You need to be smart against him. You need to use good variation and try not to give him the same ball over and over, because he likes that."
The third seed knows he certainly must start better than he did against Cilic if he is to reach a fifth grand slam final, and two in one season for the first time in his career.
"You never know exactly what's going to happen in the next couple of days but I would hope that, going into the match on Saturday, I'll be in a good place mentally," said the 25-year-old.
"I'll fight from the first point to the last. If I do that, I'll give myself a shot. But I can't afford to start like I did (on Wednesday night), that's for sure."
This will be the Scot's eighth semi-final appearance at the last 10 slams, of which he has won two, while Berdych's only trip to the last four in that time came in his run at Wimbledon.
After beating Federer, Berdych projected the air of confidence of a man who knows, if he is on form, he can blow even the very top players off the court.
The Czech said of his opponent: "He won the gold medal and has been in the final of Wimbledon, so probably it helps him a lot.
"But, probably similar to matches with Roger, even if he's playing well and then I come up with my game, which probably he doesn't like too much, I bring something different and that could be my chance.
"If my game is well and I'm able to play my game, then I have a quite dangerous game to beat anyone."