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No need for Kim to turn the air blue as husband Andy enjoys a stroll into the decider

By Matt Gatward

There will be no need for Kim Murray to don the 'Parental Advisory' t-shirt tomorrow.

The former Ms Sears was a study of calm as her husband demolished Tomas Berdych on Centre Court yesterday in straight sets, reaching his third Wimbledon final with a beautiful 6-3 6-3 6-3 victory over the Czech inside two hours of clean-hitting, dominant, exhibition tennis.

Kim restrained herself to the odd clenched fist, the odd "come on!" and the odd round of applause as Murray made light work of his opponent. He will now face Milos Raonic, the big-hitting Canadian, in the final.

Kim has history when it comes to Andy playing Berdych. At last year's Australian Open semi-final, she let a few choice Anglo Saxon words fly in the direction of the Berdych box prompting her to don the 'Parental Advisory: Explicit Content' t-shirt for the final.

The outburst was provoked by the split of Murray and his long-time coach Dani Vallverdu, who had moved into the Berdych corner, and some heated exchanges between the players and support staff during the match. There was no love lost between the two camps.

There was plenty of love lost yesterday; mainly Berdych losing his games to love. Tensions have apparently eased but Murray showed no mercy.

An hour into the match with Murray at the net, Berdych slammed a forehand at the Scot which is all fair in love and tennis. The British No.1 put his racket up for protection but there were no apologies, no light-heartedness.

Murray had done the same thing to Australian Nick Kyrgios in an earlier round and the pair, who are good friends, saw the funny side.

Against the Czech World No.9, Murray was in work mode. The World No.2's semi-finals at Wimbledon are not usually like this. They have been tension-filled, angst-riddled affairs in the past, usually packed with drama and often heartbreak.

Never has he won one in straight sets.

Andy Roddick, Rafa Nadal twice and Roger Federer last year have denied him in previous last-four appearances. And on the two occasions he won - against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2012 and Jerzy Janowicz in 2013 - he needed four sets.

Murray enters the final now in high spirits. No Novak Djokovic, no Federer, the pair so often the masters of his downfall in his 10 Slam finals before this one.

Murray is playing brilliantly and it is hard not to see him adding to his single Wimbledon crown and two Slams in total. Bar his Tsonga wobble in the quarters, he has breezed through to this stage.

Raonic will be no pushover. But there is a steely determination about Murray that suggests all is calm. For him and Kim too.

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