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ATP NEWS | MATCH REPORT Wednesday, January 14, 2018 --- Tomas Berdych held two set points in the first set of his quarter-final loss to Roger Federer at the Australian Open --- Two-time semi-finalist held two set points for a one-set lead versus Federer Tomas Berdych's search for a first Grand Slam title goes on after losing to Roger Federer for the third consecutive year at the Australian Open. The two-time semi-finalist at Melbourne Park looked in great form as he led the 19-time major championship winner 5-2 in the first set, twice holding set point, but could not convert as he watched his lead, and grip on the match, slip away. Shorty after the match, the Czech No. 1 revealed his thoughts on a critical first set and the affect it had on the result. ''It was a good start,'' said Berdych. ''I had good chances, a couple of set points. I think he just got more confident after he saved the first set. Then it was very difficult with him again. After having been basically a whole set down, it gives you a [big] boost [to come back]. Especially with him, I think it was just the deciding thing. Everything is 'if'. But winning a first set would be a completely different story.'' The long-time rivals were contesting a staggering 10th meeting at Grand Slam level, which is tied-fourth for most meetings at the four Grand Slam events. Only matches between Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have been more frequent at the Grand Slams in the Open Era. Now in his 17th year as a professional, with 13 tour-level titles to his name, Berdych has a plethora of experience playing against the biggest names on the grandest of stages. But, after facing Federer for the 26th time, the finalist at The 2010 Championships at Wimbledon had the simplest of explanations for his loss. ''I faced the best opponent that you can have,'' admitted Berdych. ''I played a good match, but I didn't play my best. When I played my best [in the past], I was able to beat him. That's what not happened today.'' Quick to put the disappointment of losing the match, after missing a great opportunity, in perspective, the 32-year-old described his emotions. ''It's not the best feeling. But there are still worse ones,'' said Berdych. ''That's how it is. I mean, one day you're winning, one day you're losing. It was the key of the match.'' After cutting his 2017 season short after the China Open in October due to back troubles, Berdych has a lot to be positive about moving forward in 2018. ''I'm not leaving with [my] head down. I think it was a very good tournament. After what I've been through at the end of the last season, I'm very pleased with that.'' The World No. 20 will rise in the next edition of the ATP Rankings, published on Monday.