Murray storms into US Open final
9:35pm Saturday 8th September 2012 in © Press Association 2014
Andy Murray overcame Tomas Berdych and a howling gale to reach his fifth grand slam final at the US Open.
A storm delayed the start of play and, although the rain cleared, an extremely strong wind blew the whole way through the match, disrupting play on numerous occasions and making life extremely tough for both players.
But, although Murray lost a tight first set, it was he who coped with the conditions better, surviving a fightback in the fourth set from Berdych to win 5-7 6-2 6-1 7-6 (9/7) in three hours and 58 minutes.
Talking about the conditions afterwards to CBS, Murray said: "You have to focus for every point. The chairs were flying onto the court, it was hard to serve.
"It's some of the hardest conditions I've ever played in and I come from Scotland so that's saying something."
He added: "From the end of the first set I was in control. At 3-0 in the fourth I had three break points, but from the far side of the court it was very tough so I got broken in the next game. I just tried to hang in there and I did a good job at the end."
The result also means Murray will overtake Rafael Nadal to become the new world number three, but most importantly it gives him the chance to claim his first grand slam title.
Murray will meet either defending champion Novak Djokovic or Spain's David Ferrer in the final and, asked if he feels this is his time after winning Olympic gold, Murray said: "I hope so.
"You can never say for sure, I know how hard these tournaments are to win. David and Novak are top, top players.
"When the conditions are like this, anything could have happened. I'll give everything in the final."