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Andy Murray of Britain makes a backhand return to Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic during their semifinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic bites a ball during his semifinal match against Andy Murray of Britain at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Andy Murray of Britain celebrates after defeating Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in their semifinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Andy Murray of Britain celebrates after defeating Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in their semifinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Andy Murray of Britain, right, is congratulated by Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic after winning their semifinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Andy Murray of Britain, left, and Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic meet at the net after Murray won their semifinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Andy Murray of Britain celebrates after defeating Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in their semifinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic makes a backhand return to Andy Murray of Britain during their semifinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic makes a backhand return to Andy Murray of Britain during their semifinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Andy Murray of Britain celebrates after defeating Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in their semifinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Andy Murray of Britain yells as he plays Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic during their semifinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic bites a ball during his semifinal match against Andy Murray of Britain at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Andy Murray of Britain chases down a shot to Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic during their semifinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic chases down a shot to Andy Murray of Britain during their semifinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
Andy Murray of Britain chases down a shot to Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic during their semifinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych reacts after being defeated in his men's singles semi-final match against Britain's Andy Murray on day eleven of the 2015 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 29: Andy Murray of Great Britain in action in his semifinal match against Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic during day 11 of the 2015 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 29, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 29: Girlfriend of Andy Murray, Kim Sears celebrates as Andy Murray of Great Britain wins his semifinal match against Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic during day 11 of the 2015 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 29, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Patrick Scala/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 29: Girlfriend of Andy Murray, Kim Sears celebrates as Andy Murray of Great Britain wins his semifinal match against Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic during day 11 of the 2015 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 29, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Patrick Scala/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 29: Girlfriend of Andy Murray, Kim Sears celebrates as Andy Murray of Great Britain wins his semifinal match against Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic during day 11 of the 2015 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 29, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Patrick Scala/Getty Images)
Britain's Andy Murray celebrates winning his men's singles semi-final match against Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych on day eleven of the 2015 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Andy Murray (L) shakes hands after victory in his men's singles semi-final match against Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych (R) on day eleven of the 2015 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL CROCK-- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Andy Murray celebrates winning his men's singles semi-final match against Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych on day eleven of the 2015 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Andy Murray celebrates winning his men's singles semi-final match against Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych on day eleven of the 2015 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 29: Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates winning his semifinal match against Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic during day 11 of the 2015 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 29, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, right, walks past Andy Murray of Britain, left, after his semifinal loss to Murray at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
Andy Murray of Britain looks at ball between play in his semifinal match against Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Andy Murray's four-set win over Tomas Berdych at the Australian Open on Thursday will be remembered more for the tension between the players than the shot-making on the court.

There were the usual expletives from Murray, but this time his fiancée, Kim Sears, appeared to mouth several from the player's box, too.

There were also complaints from Berdych about the balls - the umpire checked them, no problem. And then there was an attempt by Berdych at some mild-mannered trash talking as the players swapped ends after he captured the first set.

Berdych muttered something as the two men crossed, causing an annoyed Murray to complain loudly to the umpire, Pascal Maria. When Maria asked Berdych what he said, he responded, "Good play, Tomas. That's all I said."

That was pretty much the end of the good play from Berdych in the match. The Czech player went on to lose his fourth Grand Slam semifinal - and second in a row at the Australian Open - 6-7 (6), 6-0, 6-3, 7-5.

Murray will be playing in his fourth final at Melbourne Park against either Novak Djokovic or Stan Wawrinka, who play their semifinal on Friday. He's still looking for his first title here.

Tensions were high before the match because Murray's former coach, Dani Vallverdu, is now in Berdych's camp performing the same duties. Murray acknowledged the acrimony on the court, but blamed the media for making a bigger deal of Vallverdu's move from Murray to Berdych in November.

"You wanted there to be tension," he said after the match.

"A lot was made of Dani, my ex-coach, working with him. I felt was a little unfair and unnecessary. This is sport, there's more to life than sport. It was a little unfair and created extra tension."

Murray had trained with Vallverdu for five years before parting ways with the Venezuelan to work more closely with new coach Amelie Mauresmo. Soon after, Berdych hired Vallverdu to be his coach.

The No. 7-ranked Berdych, widely considered one of the best players never to have won a Grand Slam title, had previously tried to hire Murray's other former coach, Ivan Lendl, but the eight-time major winner turned him down.

After the match, Murray gave special acknowledgment to Mauresmo, telling the crowd at Rod Laver Arena, "I think so far this week we've showed women can be very good coaches, as well."

He said he felt Mauresmo had been unfairly slighted after he split with Vallverdu.

"A lot of people were also criticizing her at the end of last year, like the way I was playing was her fault," he said.

As for Berdych's comment on the changeover, he was surprised more than anything.

"He said something literally as we were walking right past each other change of ends," Murray said. "The thing is because there's cameras and microphones everywhere players don't say stuff to the opponents."

Berdych, subdued after yet another Grand Slam letdown, said he was just trying to pump himself up as he walked to his chair.

"I think I'm allowed to do that when I win a set," he said. "What, I have to be worried about every word that I'm going to say?"

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