Reliable Murray crushes Berdych to reach Wimbledon final

Fri Jul 8, 2016 3:30pm EDT
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - At least Britain can rely on Andy Murray.

With post-Brexit turmoil engulfing the nation's political landscape, sterling plummeting and England's soccer team licking its wounds after a Euro 2016 humiliation, old faithful Murray provided some cheer by reaching a third Wimbledon final on Friday.

In tormenting Czech 10th seed Tomas Berdych 6-3 6-3 6-3 on Centre Court, world number two Murray booked an 11th grand slam final appearance, a new British record ahead of Fred Perry.

He has contested the final of every grand slam this year and is on an 11-match winning streak on grass -- a run coinciding with his reunion with former coach Ivan Lendl.

It will not be the dream final everyone hoped for though at the All England Club. Not that Murray will care.

Instead of world number one Novak Djokovic, sent packing on middle Saturday, or seven-times champion Roger Federer, standing in the way of a second Wimbledon title will be Milos Raonic.

The big-serving Canadian powerhouse beat Federer in five sets earlier on Friday to reach his first grand slam final and will pose a significant threat if his 140mph delivery is firing.

"Obviously to make a Wimbledon final is a good achievement and I've got one more to go on Sunday," Murray said.   Continued...

Britain Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England - 8/7/16 Great Britain's Andy Murray celebrates winning his match against Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych REUTERS/Toby Melville