Berdych’s shock win over Federer came amid scenes of high drama at the Miami Masters on Tuesday with the Czech coming from match point down to reel off three straight points in the decisive tiebreak to claim victory.
Berdych, who is 6-foot-5, had lost eight matches in a row to Federer. He looked incredulous as Federer walked briskly off the court into the tunnel. Federer committed an uncharacteristic 62 unforced errors and was 0-for-7 on break point chances in the second set.
Berdych said the win was one of the biggest of his career. `A match like this, to beat the No. 1 player in the world, it's a great feeling. But still, it was not a final.''
Berdych Claims Federer Thriller
Tomas Berdych saved a match point to shock top seed Roger Federer in a three-set thriller.
Total points in the match: Federer 119, Berdych 119. But Berdych won the last one when Federer sailed a forehand long at 12:16 a.m. "After a game like that, the feeling is great," Berdych said. "I'm really happy the way I finish it."