Murray won’t be counting his chickens although the Brit stands a great chance of lining up against Novak Djokovic or David Ferrer in the final this weekend, with odds of 12/5 (bet365 £200 free bets) available about the recent Olympic gold medallist claiming his first Grand Slam title.
The number three seed was in a spot of bother against Marin Cilic in his last eight tie before recovering from losing the opening set to win in four sets, although he was a comfortable winner against Milos Raonic and came through against Feliciano Lopez in the round before.
Murray is a best price 1/2 (BetVictor bookmaker) to beat Berdych although his Czech opponent will be brimming with confidence after that win over Federer, with the number six seed having disposed of Querrey and Almagro in previous rounds.
Murray said of Berdych: “He’s a huge, huge hitter of the ball. Even if you want to dictate points and be aggressive, he can take that away from you because he’s such a powerful guy.
“You need to be smart against him. You need to use good variation and try not to give him the same ball over and over, because he likes that.”
Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic is the reigning champion and now overwhelming favourite to retain his US Open title following the exit of Federer although the Serbian faces a tough semi-final opponent in David Ferrer.
Even so, Djokovic was an easy winner against Juan Martin Del Potro and has rarely been tested at Flushing Meadows in the past fortnight, with Stanislas Wawrinka having retired in their fourth round match.
The number two seed is a best price 8/15 (Betfred bookmaker) to win his sixth Grand Slam title and it’s hard to see the other three remaining players living with him if he manages to hit top gear, although Ferrer will throw everything into reaching his first major final.
The Spaniard won an enthralling five-set encounter against Janko Tipsarevic by claiming a final set tie-break although a straight sets win against Richard Gasquet in the previous round illustrates that Ferrer is playing some excellent tennis at the moment.