Andy Murray is through to his fourth Australian Open final and will be hoping to finally nick one on Sunday after downing Tomas Berdych 6-7, 6-0, 6-3, 7-5 on Thursday in Melbourne. Murray dropped the first set but came storming back forcing the Czech to chase the Scot unsuccessfully. The epic encounter lasted three hours and 26 minutes at the Rod Laver Arena.
The sixth seed served 15 aces and hit 40 winners on his way to victory. Berdych will lament hist 56 unforced errors but ultimately it is the Briton who will play in Sunday’s showpiece. Either Novak Djokovic or defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka will be his opponent.
It was a bittersweet day for South Africa’s Lucas Sithole at the Australian Open on Thursday. Early in the day, Sithole was a winner in the Men’s Quad Wheelchair Singles. Sithole defeated Great Britain’s Andrew Lapthorne 6-3, 7-6 in 77 minutes. The South African had suffered defeat to David Wagner the previous day, in the round robin stage of the Major.
Sithole will want to work on his serve after committing 11 double faults and the same number in unforced errors. On both scores he nearly doubled the sins of Lapthorne. However later on, Sithole teamed up with local lad Dylan Alcott to suffer defeat in the doubles final.
The pair went down 6-0, 3-6, 6-2 to Wagner and Lapthorne in 101 minutes.