Wimbledon 2016: Ruthless Murray dominates Berdych to advance to the final

The British number one was at his fluent best against the Czech to defeat him straight sets to advance to his third Wimbledon final.

Wimbledon 2016: Ruthless Murray dominates Berdych to advance to the final
Murray celebrates his straight sets victory over Berdych. (Photo: Getty Images)

Andy Murray produced a masterclass on centre court in the semi-final at Wimbledon, defeating Tomas Berdych in straight sets to advance through to the final for the third time in his career.

Murray was in full control of the match from the off, producing some of his best tennis, which Berdych couldn't cope with, to win in less in two hours.

The home favourite won the match 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 and will play Canadian Milos Raonic in the final on Sunday.

Murray makes a fast start to win the first set

Murray came out onto centre court like a man on a mission, and quickly held his serve in the opening game, before breaking Berdych's serve for a 2-0 lead.

Berdych though, being the powerful player that he is, quickly responded to break Murray's serve, before serving big in his next game to level up the set in no time at all.

The next three games in the set went with serve as both players were showing each other that they were up for the fight.

Murray wanted the set more though and got the crucial break in the eighth game of the set for a 5-3 lead and he let his emotions go, feeding off the energy from the centre court crowd.

Then serving for the set, he showed his class as Berdych hit some forehand unforced errors to give the Brit the game and the set, which he won 6-3.

Ruthless Brit takes advantage of Berdych's errors

The second set saw both players up their game and play some fantastic stuff.

Berdych began the set by holding his serve to love, while Murray did the same in the next game to level at 1-1.

Both players held their next service games without many problems, but then Berdych had to save two break points in the next game to go 3-2 ahead.

Murray then in his next service game, came through a titanic tussle in a game that lasted over eight minutes, saving two break points to level at 3-3.

The Brit took confidence from that hold with him into the next game as he broke Berdych's serve, before comfortably going 5-3 ahead with an easy hold.

Berdych, then serving to stay in the set, hit too many errors as Murray broke him for the second time in the set to win the second set 6-3. The Czech was then facing a real fight to stay in the match.

Murray was in sublime form on centre court | Photo: Getty
Murray was in sublime form on centre court. | Photo: Getty

Murray shows his class to advance through to the final

The problem that Berdych had was that Murray showed no sign of wilting as he held his serve in the opening game of the third set.

Berdych though under pressure then held his serve in the next game, but, after holding himself, Murray would break the Czech in his next service game, taking a 3-1 lead to take a huge step forward to winning the match. 

Murray consolidated the break in the next game to 4-1 ahead, before a comfortable hold from Berdych kept him in it.

Murray though was now in full flow as he held his serve impressively to go within one game of the final.

Berdych, serving at 5-2 down, held impressively to make sure that Murray would have to serve it out but the Brit, the master that he is, held his nerve expertly to win the set 6-3 and the match three sets to none.