Melbourne, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) - Tomas Berdych fended off a David
Ferrer comeback on Tuesday and reached his first Australian Open semifinal as
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
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
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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