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Andy Murray eyes Miami joy after seeing off Berdych

Andy Murray eased into the Miami Open final with a straight sets, 6-4 6-4, win over Tomas Berdych.

Victory levelled Murray's head-to-head record against the Czech at 6-6 and clinched a showdown for the title against either world number one Novak Djokovic or John Isner.

Djokovic beat Murray in the semi-final at Indian Wells last week and the British number one admitted he would need to improve significantly to compete should they meet again tomorrow.

The first three games went against the serve before Murray found his rhythm and began to dominate Berdych, ending the first set having hit 77 per cent of his first serves and won 80 per cent of those points.

A crushing return took him 0-30 up as Berdych served to begin the second set, and the Czech then dumped an easy volley into the net and double-faulted to gift Murray the break.

Berdych won a brilliant rally to get to 30-30 in Murray's next service game and it was the Scot's turn to double-fault at a key moment, setting up deuce.

A sublime lob put Murray back on top but he was unable to close the game out after the players had again traded breaks at the beginning of the set.

However, some dominant returns from Murray took him 2-1 up and he was rarely troubled from there.

Murray said: "I did most things well, there's not a lot I could complain about."

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