FLUSHING MEADOWNS, New York, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- After a rain delay of more than an hour, the third-seeded Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray of Britain beat No. 6 seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic to reach his second U.S. Open final in a windy condition.
Berdych committed 64 unforced errors, more than three times of that he made in the quarterfinal against top seed Roger Federer, in the wind of 37 kmp conditions that blew service tosses, hats, debris and even furniture haphazardly around the court.
Murray was not seemed affected by the wind with 20 unforced errors, 44 less than his opponent, serving perfectly first serve in the third set without a single second serve needed.
Berdych upset the top-seeded Federer in the quarterfinals to become the only man outside the top four seeds to reach the semifinals and had a 4-2 career record against Murray. But Murray handled the tricky conditions better to pull out a 5-7, 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 (7) victory.
Murray, a finalist at Wimbledon this year, will play in the second U.S. Open final of his career against the winner between Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer, whose match was suspended 5-2 in the first set in the Spaniard favor, seeking his first major championship. The British lost to Federer in the final of 2008 U.S. Open.
"Some of the hardest conditions I've ever played in before," Murray said in his courtside interview after the match. "I come from Scotland so that's saying something."
With more rain in the forecast, which caused the women's final to be postponed until Sunday, the second semifinal between the defending champion Djokovic of Serbia, the No. 2 seed, against No. 4 Ferrer was suspended and they will resume play Sunday morning.
It will be the fourth time in five years that the U.S. Open women's championship was pushed back to Sunday. The men's final has been also moved from Sunday to Monday in the latest five years.
It was the first time in 33 Grand Slam events in which neither Roger Federer nor Rafael Nadal reached the semifinal round.