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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Berdych reaches first ever Australian Open semi final

Published 21/01/2014 | 09:39

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 21:  Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic celebrates winning his quarterfinal match against David Ferrer of Spain during day nine of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 21, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic celebrates winning his quarterfinal match against David Ferrer of Spain during day nine of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park.

Tomas Berdych reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open for the first time with a four-set win over third seed David Ferrer.

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The Czech was playing in the quarter-finals in Melbourne for the fourth straight year and this time he came out on top, winning 6-1 6-4 2-6 6-4.

Berdych has now made at least the last four at every grand slam, and claimed his first ever victory on Rod Laver Arena.

The main talking point about his run in the tournament until this match had been his blue and white striped shirt, so comfortable had his progress been.

It looked like being another walk in the park here until Berdych's level dropped in the third set and Ferrer roared back.

The Spaniard seemed to have the momentum in the fourth, too, but Berdych hung on and then claimed the crucial break of serve.

The seventh seed narrowly missed a forehand on his first match point and then had to save a Ferrer break point when he served for it, but on his second chance the Czech clinched victory.

He will play either defending champion Novak Djokovic or Stanislas Wawrinka in the semi-finals.

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