Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych will meet for the 11th time when they face each other in the semi-finals of the Australian Open on Thursday. Now, we look back at their past matches.
The pair’s first meeting came indoors in Switzerland when Murray was 18, and he came through in a tight contest. The Scot had beaten Tim Henman in the first round in what many people saw as a changing of the guard in British tennis.
Berdych’s first win over his rival came in the opening tournament of the 2006 season as both men warmed up for the Australian Open. It was a difficult few weeks for Murray as he went on to lose in the first round in Melbourne to Juan Ignacio Chela.
The pair did not meet again for another four and a half years, and when they did it was in a match Murray will not want to remember. The Scot was in a poor mood from the start in damp and cool conditions and was well beaten.
Another meeting in Paris, this time on indoor hard courts, and again it was Berdych who came through, although it could have gone either way. It ended Murray’s 17-match winning streak that had brought him titles in Bangkok, Tokyo and Shanghai, while he had a blazing row with umpire Fergus Murphy in the third set.
Murray’s first win over Berdych in almost seven years came in February 2012, where the Scot showed there would be no hangover from another Australian Open near miss. Murray avenged his semi-final defeat in Melbourne by beating Novak Djokovic in the last four in Dubai but then lost to Roger Federer in the final.
Their second meeting on clay again went the way of Berdych in another close encounter. The Czech hit 50 winners as he overpowered Murray after losing the first set.
The key feature of their most recent grand slam meeting was the weather. The match was played in a very strong wind, with play interrupted at one point by a chair blowing across the court. After Berdych’s fast start, Murray handled the conditions better and he went on to beat Djokovic in the final to win his first slam title.
They played for the fourth time in 2012 at London’s O2 Arena and Murray posted successive wins over Berdych for the first time. Again the Czech won the opening set as Murray failed to take any of his first 10 break points, but the Scot fought back.
Berdych maintained his 100 per cent record against Murray on clay and edged ahead in their head to head once more. Murray climbed to world number two despite the loss but retired during his match against Marcel Granollers in Rome the following week and missed the French Open because of back problems.
In his second tournament back after winning Wimbledon, Murray again found Berdych a difficult opponent. The Scot served well but the rest of his game was below par. He will hope it is a different story when they clash in Melbourne for the first time.