Roger Federer saves match points to beat Tomas Berdych in Miami

Roger Federer survived two match points before beating Tomas Berdych in a third-set tie-break in the Miami Open quarter-finals on Thursday.

Federer had to call upon all his resources of skill, poise and experience to edge Berdych 6-2 3-6 7-6 (8-6), extending his win streak over the Czech to seven matches.

Berdych served for the match at 6-4 in the tie-break, but could not convert, with Federer reeling off four points in a row, winning when Berdych double-faulted.

Earlier, the Swiss looked set for another emphatic victory after taking the first set.

Federer will play Nick Kyrgios in the last four after the Australian defeated Germany’s Alexander Zverev 6-4 6-7 (9-11) 6-3.

“I definitely got very lucky at the end, but I think I showed great heart today,” Federer said.

“I fought and Tomas definitely started to step it up, but it was a great match at the end.”

On his match-up with Kyrgios, he added: “You all should tune in if you’re not in the stadium.”

Spain’s Rafael Nadal and Italy’s Fabio Fognini are already through to Friday’s other semi-final.

Australian Open champion Federer, who also won at Indian Wells two weeks ago, has lost only once this year, to Russian Evgeny Donskoy in a third-set tie-break in Dubai.

 

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Roger Federer saves match points to beat Tomas Berdych in Miami

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