Berdych bests Ferrer to reach Aussie semis

7:59 AM, Jan 21, 2014   |    comments
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Melbourne, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) - Tomas Berdych fended off a David Ferrer comeback on Tuesday and reached his first Australian Open semifinal as a result.

Berdych, seeded seventh, won the first two sets of the quarterfinal meeting in quick fashion, then suddenly lost the momentum when the third-seeded Ferrer rallied to win the third.

The hard-hitting Czech, having lost in the quarters of the Aussie Open the previous three years, made sure it wouldn't happen a fourth as he finished off a 6-1, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 triumph at Rod Laver Arena.

The first set lasted just 30 minutes, and Berdych appeared poised to make it a quick one by taking a two sets to love lead.

Ferrer broke Berdych's serve twice in a third set that saw him nudge a line judge standing near a chair he wanted to put a towel on, a sign he was up for a fight.

The frustrated Spaniard, however, couldn't overcome Berdych's serve in the fourth, as Berdych fended off a break point in the final game and came away with the victory in three hours, three minutes.

Ferrer rallied from two sets down to beat Nicolas Almagro in last year's Aussie quarters before eventually losing in the semis to Novak Djokovic, who will play eighth-seeded Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka in Tuesday's other quarterfinal.

The former No. 1 Djokovic is a dominant 15-2 lifetime against Wawrinka, including a fourth-round win here a year ago. The Serbian star also topped the Swiss in a U.S. Open semifinal last season.

Djokovic, seeded second this year, has won his last 25 matches at the Aussie Open, where he's the three-time reigning champion and has captured four of the last six titles Down Under.

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