Tennis: Roger Federer Defeats Berdych, Into Semi-final Of Australian Open

Tennis: Roger Federer Defeats Berdych, Into Semi-final Of Australian Open

By Aaron Abraham | Staff Reporter on January 24, 2018
Roger Federer
Roger Federer pictured during his match against Bernard Tomic during the 2013 Australian Open

Swiss Tennis star Roger Federer powered into his 14th Australian Open semi-final as he swept aside Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in straight sets.

The world number two continued his pursuit of a 20th Grand Slam title with a 7-6, 6-3, 6-4 win at the Rod Laver Arena.

Federer, the second seed, made a slow start to the match as Berdych, who lost last year’s Wimbledon semi-final to the Swiss player, seized control.

The Czech 19th seed went 3-0 up and served for the first set at 5-3 before Federer recovered and claimed the opener on a tie-break.

It turned the tide of the contest as Federer found his form and wrapped up what proved to be a convincing win.

The 36-year-old will take on Hyeon Chung in the last four after the South Korean dispatched American Tennys Sandgren 6-4, 7-6, 6-3.

“You don’t want to think too far ahead, what if, what if, because I feel that’s exactly the moment when you stumble,” Federer said.

“That’s why I think I was actually very nervous going into this match tonight, and that’s why I struggled very early on.

“I knew the danger of Berdych.

“Seeing what has happened to so many other top seeds here in the draw, I was a bit wary going into tonight.”

In the women’s singles, world number one Simona Halep of Romania ousted Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-2 to reach the last four.

Halep will face Germany’s Angelique Kerber after she beat American Madison Keys 6-1, 6-2 in just 51 minutes.


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