Q. Tell us what it means to be in your fourth Australian Open final, eighth of your career Grand Slam final?
ANDY MURRAY: It's great. I played very, very well tonight. Very happy with the way that I played the match. And, yeah, to be in the final four times here, I mean, because I'm surrounded by guys like Roger, Novak and Rafa, doesn't look like much, but that doesn't happen that often. So I'm very proud of that.
Q. Talk us through what changed between the first and second sets, so different.
ANDY MURRAY: Well, I thought the beginning of the match he started out well. I was a little bit tentative at the beginning and getting used to his ball. He hits the ball extremely hard and flat. At the start I felt like I was on the back foot a little bit. Towards the end of the first set I started to come into it more, be more aggressive. Then second set I just picked up from how I was playing at the end of the first. I felt like I could have won the first set. Obviously had some chances there. I was extremely aggressive in the second set. Managed to run away with it.
Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych will meet in one of the semifinals at the 2015 Australian Open.
Berdych leads their head-to-head 6-4. Odds for both players are:
Big first serve - 63 aces - 137 mph - 83 per cent first serve points won - held 67 of 72 service games - did not lose serve to Nadal in quarter-finals - 45 straight holds of serve going back to his second round match vs. Melzer
Strong return of second serves - 61 per cent points won (won 15 of 21 points returning second serves vs. Nadal in quarter-finals) - 23 breaks in 69 return games (33 per cent)
Has not dropped a set - on court 10 hours, two minutes to reach semi-finals
Q. As a man who likes his football, was that the perfect away performance?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I mean, I didn't go into it obviously thinking like that. I was, yeah, just trying to win against Nick, which was tough 'cause he has an exceptional serve and makes it very difficult for you when he's serving. And, like I said on the court afterwards, it was very tricky conditions, as well. So I was quite happy with the way I handled everything tonight.
Q. What was the wind doing out there? Was it swirling?
ANDY MURRAY: No. The end where we walk out onto the court was a really strong breeze. When you were at that end you were playing with the wind, so it was tricky 'cause it was very strong breeze. When you're down the far end of the court you had to do a lot more defending. If you tried to play with any sort of height the ball was dropping short. It was very easy for me or him to attack. So, yeah, I tried to just keep the ball low from that end, used a lot of slice, and played pretty flat. So it was tough for him and it worked.
Murray beats Dimitrov, reachs Australian Open quarters
Andy Murray beat Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-5 in a fourth-round match that started Sunday but continued into the early hours of Jan. 26, the national holiday that regularly occurs during the Australian Open.
Midway through his match against No. 10-ranked Dimitrov, who beat him in the Wimbledon quarterfinals last year, Murray heard a distinctive roar that started somewhere in the distance and echoed through Rod Laver Arena.
"I heard a lot of noise - I had to ask my box what it was for," he said. It was for 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios, who came back from two sets down and saved a match point to beat Andreas Seppi 5-7, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5), 8-6 on Hisense Arena - the No. 3 court at Melbourne Park - to become the first Aussie male to reach the last eight at the Australian Open since Lleyton Hewitt in 2005, and the first male teenager since Roger Federer in 2001 to reach two Grand Slam quarterfinals.
Murray, who was broken when serving for the second set and lost the subsequent tiebreaker, rallied from 5-2 down in the fourth set to beat Dimitrov, who shattered his racket on the court after surrendering his last service game.
Andy Murray Interview Australian Open R3 Friday, 23 January, 2015
Q. It was a different venue but same result. What's the verdict on the performance?
ANDY MURRAY: I thought I played well today. I managed to dictate a lot of the points. I controlled the baseline very well. I hit the ball cleanly. Yeah, it was a good performance.
Q. I couldn't quite hear the conversation on match point. Was he suggesting you should challenge because he didn't have any challenges left?
ANDY MURRAY: I didn't know what was happening when I went up there. I didn't know he had no challenges left when I went up to the net. And he asked me, and I thought the ball was out. I was like, Sorry, but I think the ball was out. And then the umpire said that he didn't have any challenges left, so that was it. Nothing more than that.
ANDY MURRAY: I don't know. It's always hard to say. But, yeah, I definitely started quite quickly today. I was timing the ball well on the return and serving well from the beginning of the match, and it helped a lot because, you know, obviously the crowd were behind him. You know, managed to take the crowd out of it a little bit by starting that quickly.
Q. Do you think he was a bit overwhelmed by the occasion?
ANDY MURRAY: I don't know. He did start off a bit slow. He made a few errors at the beginning of the match. But, you know, when I noticed his timing was a bit off I felt like I played quite smart and used a lot of variety; didn't give him the same ball twice in a row. And, yeah, I think that helped a bit with that. Yeah, you'd have to ask him.