Berdych qualifies for semi-finals

  • Last Updated: January 21 2014, 14:48 GMT

Tomas Berdych reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open for the first time with a four-set win over third seed David Ferrer.

Tomas Berdych celebrates his victory over Ferrer
Tomas Berdych celebrates his victory over Ferrer

The Czech was playing in the quarter-finals in Melbourne for the fourth straight year and this time he came out on top, winning 6-1 6-4 2-6 6-4.

Berdych has now made at least the last four at every grand slam, and claimed his first ever victory on Rod Laver Arena.

The main talking point about his run in the tournament until this match had been his blue and white striped shirt, so comfortable had his progress been.

It looked like being another walk in the park here until Berdych's level dropped in the third set and Ferrer roared back.

The Spaniard seemed to have the momentum in the fourth, too, but Berdych hung on and then claimed the crucial break of serve.

The seventh seed narrowly missed a forehand on his first match point and then had to save a Ferrer break point when he served for it, but on his second chance the Czech clinched victory.

"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."


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