|Posted on March 30, 2017 at 3:10 PM|
Roger Federer booked his place in the semi-finals of the Miami Open with a thrilling three-set win over Tomas Berdych
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Roger Federer
Order of Play - QF MIAMI 2017 Berdych/Federer Thursday, March 30, 2017
Federer Saves 2 M.P. To Defeat Berdych
ATP Staff | Thursday, March 30, 2017
Roger Federer held off an inspired Tomas Berdych on Thursday at the Miami Open presented by Itau, saving two match points to reach the semi-finals 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(6).
The fifth seed will play the winner of the evening quarter-final between 16th seed Alexander Zverev and 12th seed Nick Kyrgios. Kyrgios leads his FedEx ATPHead2Head with Federer 1-0, prevailing on the clay courts of Madrid in 2015 in a third-set tie-break. Federer is even in his FedEx ATP Head2Head with Zverev at 1-1. Both matches took place last year, with Federer prevailing on clay in Rome and Zverev scoring an upset on grass in Halle.
Coming into the quarter-finals, Berdych had dropped serve just once in the tournament. But, putting just one of six first serves into play, the Czech was broken in the opening game of the match. In contrast, Federer fought off a break point in the second game. He held serve throughout and broke Berdych again at 4-2 to put the set beyond doubt.
Berdych regrouped in the second set and took advantage of a loose Federer service game to go ahead 5-3 and soon after snapped his streak of 15 lost sets to Federer to take the match to a decider.
Little separated both players in the early stages of the third set, but a pair of forehand errors from Berdych gifted Federer a break to lead 4-2. The fifth seed was shockingly broken at love attempting to serve out the match at 5-3 and couldn't convert on a match point at 5-4 after Berdych erased it with a strong second serve.
In the third-set tie-break, Federer erased two match points down 4/6. A double fault from Berdych at 6/7 wrapped up the match after one hour and 57 minutes. Federer improves his FedEx ATP Head2Head against Berdych to 18-6 and has won their past seven matches.
Federer has not tasted success in Miami since 2006, when he completed the Indian Wells-Miami title double for the second consecutive year.
There was plenty of tension in the match-deciding tie-breaker, where Federer saved match point and then Berdych lost on a double-fault.
Score and Stats - Federer beats Berdych to reach Miami Open semifinals
The Czech player takes what's positive from the loss to Roger Federer
Tomas Berdych: 'Last week I played a terrible match, now it's a completely different situation'
Tennis World USA Gatto Luigi | Thursday, March 30, 2017
Tomas Berdych takes what´s positive after losing to Roger Federer 6/2 3/6 7/6(6). ´If I look at the situation that last tournament I play absolutely terrible match, I lost from the match point, and here I´m sitting after actually losing from to the match point again, but in the completely different situation, that´s, I think, the very beauty of our sport´, the Czech player said.
´You can have one week like that and then the other week those things can change. They´re not going to change from nothing. I´ve done quite a piece of work in between the time, and I think that´s just show up here. Which is good, that´s it´s reacting so quickly, which is important. I think this was just the very beginning. The beginning of the year has a bit slipped for me, but I think the season is long, and I think whoever is going to come fresh and strong for the second part of it I think is going to be very dangerous and strong.´
Analyzing the match, Berdych said: ´I think the first set it´s been again the commercial for tennis from his side. I just have nothing to do on the court. Whatever I did it was just not enough. He was toying with me from one side to another. I had really no chance in the first set. So I was just really hoping to start good, you know, have a first good games, and try to stay with him. That´s what happened. Then everything can change and turn from that. As I said, it´s the beauty of the sport.´
Is it frustratig to leave this tournament this way? ´Yeah, it is. It is. A lot. I mean, what should I do? Should I destroy the table? Then you see how much I´m frustrated. I don´t know. Yes, I am. It´s obviously not something that you want to finish the tournament like. But as I said, I got a lesson on the last week, last tournament, so this is going to be fine to get over with.´
Tomas Berdych thrilled the crowd with his play against Roger Federer in their Miami quarter-final.
Tomas Berdych serves against Roger Federer during Day 11 of the Miami Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center on Thursday, March 30, 2017 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Federer won 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(6).
Tomas Berdych is in disbelief after missing a shot during his heartbreaking quarterfinal loss on Thursday
Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych shake hands at the net after Federer defeated Berdych 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (6) during their quarter-final match at the Miami Open, Thursday, March 30, 2017 in Key Biscayne, Florida.
Bye-Bye Miami. Thank you Gentlemen!