|Posted on April 1, 2010 at 6:55 PM|
Berdych Backs Up Federer Win By Stopping Verdasco
01.04.2010 | by ATP Staff
Tomas Berdych backed up his marathon fourth-round win over Roger Federer with a grueling three-set victory over Fernando Verdasco Thursday to reach the Sony Ericsson Open semi-finals for the second time in three years.
Two weeks ago in Indian Wells Berdych clipped Verdasco 6-0, 6-3 but today was a much different story. Berdych needed to win a second-set tie-break just to stay alive and ultimately needed 2 hrs., 51 mins. to edge the Spaniard 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 in a bruising encounter.
Berdych last appeared in an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final here in Miami two years ago. He has reached this stage five times in his career, including in Paris in 2005 when he won his lone ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title.
On Saturday the Czech will play Robin Soderling, who defeated Mikhail Youzhny 6-1, 6-4 in the other quarter-final on Thursday. This is Berdych's second semi-final of 2010, having reached the last four in Brisbane in the first week of the season.
“It was a great match, definitely," said Berdych, who saved seven of nine break points - just as Verdasco did - and who won just one more point than his opponent. "The beginning for me was a little bit slow, because I was still feeling a little bit tired after the long, long match against Roger, finishing that late in the night.
“You know, just get to sleep like 3:15, 3:30 in the night. I like to sleep, but I didn’t get my best sleep. But then finally I get the rhythm, start to play really well. I think the beginning of the third set Fernando was a little bit struggling. He was maybe a little bit tired. But that was my advantage. I'm very happy that I can use it and go through."
Berdych admitted that his win over Federer in a third-set tie-break – after saving match point – gave him a major boost going into today’s quarter-final. “After a long match like that you feel tired, but the other side is that you just feel really, really confident after a match like that. But, still, you just need to get ready for next opponent and not to be thinking that you beat Roger and stuff like that. So just bring the positive things. That's what happened to me.”
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