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Wimbledon: Andy Murray beats Tomas Berdych to reach final

Published 08/07/2016

Andy Murray celebrates against Tomas Berdych on day eleven of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PA
Andy Murray celebrates against Tomas Berdych on day eleven of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PA

Scotland's Andy Murray has reached the Wimbledon final with a 6-3 6-3 6-3 victory over Czech Tomas Berdych in their semi-final.

Murray will play Milos Raonic in his third Wimbledon final on Sunday.

The Centre Court crowd are used to being put through the mill by the world number two at this stage of the tournament, but he was simply far too good for the 10th seed.

Murray has been the favourite for the title ever since Novak Djokovic's shock defeat by Sam Querrey in round three and for the first time in 11 slam finals he will not have to face either the Serbian or Roger Federer, who lost a five-set thriller to Raonic in the first semi-final.

Murray was in cruise control, but the same could have been said on Wednesday, when he led Jo-Wilfried Tsonga by two sets before eventually coming through in five.

The grip Murray had on the match gave the occasion an oddly low-key feel but Berdych could do nothing to generate jitters, missing with his forehand time and again.

Another one gave Murray the first break of the third set to lead 3-1 and, with less than two hours on the clock, he soon found himself serving for victory.

He clinched it with a forehand that Berdych could not get back over the net, raising his fist to his box and pointing two fingers at the sky.

Scotland's Andy Murray looks on during the Men's Singles Semi Final match against Tomas Berdych of The Czech Republic on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 8, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Scotland's Andy Murray looks on during the Men's Singles Semi Final match against Tomas Berdych of The Czech Republic on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 8, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Tomas Berdych of The Czech Republic looks on during the Men's Singles Semi Final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 8, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Andy Murray of Great Britain looks on during the Men's Singles Semi Final match against Tomas Berdych of The Czech Republic on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 8, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Tomas Berdych of The Czech Republic looks on during the Men's Singles Semi Final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 8, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)
Andy Murray reacts during his match against Tomas Berdych on day eleven of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 8, 2016. See PA story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Steve Paston/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use without prior written consent of the AELTC. Still image use only - no moving images to emulate broadcast. No superimposing or removal of sponsor/ad logos. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts during the Men's Singles Semi Final match against Tomas Berdych of The Czech Republic on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 8, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts during the Men's Singles Semi Final match against Tomas Berdych of The Czech Republic on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 8, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Andy Murray fans on Murray Mound on day eleven of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 8, 2016. See PA story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use without prior written consent of the AELTC. Still image use only - no moving images to emulate broadcast. No superimposing or removal of sponsor/ad logos. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Andy Murray fans on Murray Mound on day eleven of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 8, 2016. See PA story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use without prior written consent of the AELTC. Still image use only - no moving images to emulate broadcast. No superimposing or removal of sponsor/ad logos. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Tomas Berdych of The Czech Republic looks on during the Men's Singles Semi Final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 8, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Andy Murray serves against Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych during their men's singles semi-final match on the twelfth day of the 2016 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 8, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USEGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Andy Murray returns against Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych during their men's singles semi-final match on the twelfth day of the 2016 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 8, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USEGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
Andy Murray in action against Tomas Berdych on day eleven of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 8, 2016. See PA story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Tim Ireland/POOL/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use without prior written consent of the AELTC. Still image use only - no moving images to emulate broadcast. No superimposing or removal of sponsor/ad logos. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Britain's Andy Murray returns against Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych during their men's singles semi-final match on the twelfth day of the 2016 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 8, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USEGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images

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