8 Sep 2008

Murray reaches US Open final

10:11 am on 8 September 2008

Sixth-seeded Briton Andy Murray reached his first grand slam tennis final by upsetting world number one Rafael Nadal in 4 sets at the U.S. Open in New York.

The Scot outplayed the Spanish left-hander in a semi-final contest that began yesterday and ended more than 24 hours later after being interrupted by the remnants of Tropical Storm Hanna.

Leading by two sets but trailing 2-3 in the third overnight, Murray lost the third set before breaking the Spaniard in the 10th game of the fourth, wrapping up the biggest victory of his career with a backhand winner.

The 21-year-old Briton will play four-times defending champion Roger Federer in tomorrow's final, the Swiss maestro having beaten Serb Novak Djokovic yesterday.