|Posted on March 31, 2010 at 2:27 AM|
Tomas Berdych You Rock!
Happy & Lucky Tomas I-am-not-even-scared Berdych on MP Federer at 6*-5
(Tomas smiles at his coach Tomas Krupa who is completely stunned when he heard the score)
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Berdych Saves Match Point To Upset Federer
30.03.2010 | by ATP Staff
Czech Tomas Berdych saved a match point in a pulsating third-set tie-break to snap an eight-match losing streak against Roger Federer and send the top seed crashing out of the Sony Ericsson Open Tuesday night.
In a riveting 2 hr., 51 min. contest that finished at 12.15 a.m. a record Tuesday night session crowd of 12,804 fans frequently broke into a chorus of ‘Roger, Roger’ to cheer on Federer, who had been within two points of defeat in the second set.
But, just as he had lost in a third-set tie-break after holding three match points against Marcos Baghdatis in his last outing in Indian Wells, the support of fans was not enough to spare Federer the same fate in Miami.
Federer had the match on his racquet at 6-5 in the deciding tie-break, but Berdych responded with two massive forehands – the shot that had troubled the Swiss all night – to set up his first match point, which he converted when Federer hit his 61st and final unforced error, sending a forehand long.
Playing Federer for the first time since he let slip a two-set lead in the fourth round of the 2009 Australian Open, Berdych looked to have again handed a reprieve to the five-time ATP World Tour Champion. Berdych was within two points of victory leading 6-5 15/30 on Federer’s serve late in the second set, but allowed Federer to force a tie-break, in which the Czech made four unforced forehand errors.
But Berdych quickly atoned, breaking for a 2-1 lead in the third with a cracking, deep, flat forehand. But he handed back the break with a double fault when serving at 4-3 and soon after had to dig out of a 0/30 hole at 4-5 when two points from defeat.
Berdych claimed just his second win in 10 meetings with Federer, and first since he stunned the Swiss in the second round of the 2004 Athens Olympics, early into Federer’s reign at No. 1.
The Czech will next face 10th-seeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, who posted a 6-4, 7-6(3) win over No. 7 seed Marin Cilic. The pair also faced off last week in Indian Wells, with Berdych emphatically dismissing Verdasco with the loss of just three games. They have split their previous six meetings
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