Berdych ousts Murray

Updated: April 21, 2012


Czech Tomas Berdych overpowered world No 4 Andy Murray in their Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinal on Friday to set up a clash with top seed Novak Djokovic.

The sixth seed relied on his powerful forehand to prevail 6-7 6-2 6-3 over the Briton in the season’s first big claycourt event. Djokovic thrashed Dutchman Robin Haase 6-4 6-2 in 77 minutes.

Rafael Nadal is still on track to clinch a record eighth consecutive title after seeing off Stanislas Wawrinka 7-5 6-4. He will take on France’s Gilles Simon, the ninth seed, who upset compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga by the same scoreline.