MELBOURNE, Australia- Andy Murray’s hot streak has continued down under as he advanced to his 4th career Australian Open final on Thursday night with a 6-7,6-0,6-3,7-5 victory over Tomas Berdych. An interesting matchup between the two top ten players as Berdych is now coached by Dani Vallverdu, who used to work with Andy Murray but they mutually parted ways only a few weeks ago. It was clearly and emotional match as throughout the semi-final there were multiple verbal exchanges between the players and the coaching boxes. Nevertheless, Murray was able to prevail in 4 sets, breaking Berdych’s serve in the 11th game of the 4th set and booking his ticket to the final with an ace.
This will Murray’s fourth Aussie Open final in the past 5 years. He lost to Roger Federer in 2010, Novak Djokovic in 2011, and once again to Djokovic in 2013. The British number one now awaits the winner of the Novak Djokovic/Stan Wawrinka semi-final on Friday night. This will be the third year in a row that Djokovic and Wawrinka have met at the Austrlian Open. Novak won a 5 set thriller in 2013 on route to his 4th Australian Open title, while Wawrinka was victorious last year in another 5 set classic. Wawrinka also won the title after beating Djokovic in the quarterfinals. Anytime Novak and Stan are matched up against one another, it is sure to be an exciting match. The second semi-final will begin Friday at 3:30am ET.