Czech seventh seed Tomas Berdych fought off a tenacious World No 3 David Ferrer in four sets to reach his first Australian Open semi-final yesterday
Melbourne: Czech seventh seed Tomas Berdych fought off tenacious World No 3 David Ferrer in four sets to reach his first Australian Open semi-final yesterday.
Tomas Berdych celebrates after his win yesterday. Pic/AFP
Berdych outlasted the Spaniard 6-1, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in just over three hours and will play Stanislas Wawrinka for a place in the final.
The victory, Berdych’s first at Rod Laver Arena, the tournament’s centre court, means he has now completed a set of semi-final appearances at all four Grand Slams. “It feels great. It’s really a great feeling,” Berdych said.
“There were some special moments which went well together in this match: making it for the first time here in the Aussie Open to the semis, winning my first match on Rod Laver after all those years. I’m extremely happy to go through.
“I’m feeling really good. It’s going really well these last 10 days. If it’s enough for Novak or Stan, let’s see.” Berdych began confidently by winning the first two sets but in the process he had his powerful serve broken for the first time after 60 consecutive holds in the tournament.
The Spanish baseline slugger, bidding for his third Australian Open semi-final, hit back by winning the third set and looked to be getting on top of the tiring Czech as the match entered a fourth set. But Berdych broke Ferrer’s serve in the fifth game and served out for the match.