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2011 Cincinnati Masters 1000 - Berdych beat Federer... Again!

Tomas Berdych Stuns Federer to Reach Cincinnati Semifinals

Helen Earnshaw  | 19 August 2011

Tomas Berdych produced the performance of the season to oust defending champion Roger Federer in straight sets.

It was an impressive serving display from Berdych, who was the runner up at Wimbledon twelve months ago, as he dominated the match from the very first ball.

Berdych broke in the third game to open up a 2-1 lead as Federer, who had played well earlier in the week, looked out of sorts.

The former world number one had enjoyed some convincing wins over Juan Martin Del Potro and James Blake but his forehand was no where to be seen against Berdych.

Federer never looked like getting back into the opening set Berdych serve did all the damage, dropping just a handful of points.

But Berdych didn’t sit back and ease to the set as he broke Federer for the second time to but the set beyond doubt - he wrapped it up 6-2.

Into the second and Federer upped his game and while he was more steady on his serve he couldn’t make any inroads into that of Berdych.

Federer fought off the only three break points in the second set while he couldn’t forge a single chance to break Berdych.

Locked together at 6-6 a tie break was needed to decide the destination of the second set. Berdych was in control from the start but he twice handed back the mini break.

But Federer was never able to get ahead and when Berdych moved ahead again on the seventh point he never again relinquished the lead.

He wrapped up the break impressively 7-3 which sealed him a great 6-3 7-6 (7-3) victory.

Speaking to the ATP after the match Berdych said: “I was winning quite easily as far as games and I was able to play something more on his serve.

"It makes me more confident and then I can go more for the shots, especially on his second serve."

He will now face world number one Novak Djokovic for a place in the final as the Serb came through a three set encounter against Gael Monfils 3-6 6-4 6-3.

Source: FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw