Federer survives match points to reach Miami semi-final

Roger Federer saved two match points before fighting back to overcome Tomas Berdych and reach the Miami Open semi-finals.

Indian Wells champion Federer came through a huge test of his resilience to win a third set tie break and beat the Czech 6-2, 3-6, 7-6.

Federer had appeared on course for a comfortable victory when he won the opening set 6-2 – twice breaking Berdych, who had previously lost just one game on his own serve during the tournament.

But Berdych regrouped impressively in the second set and made the most of a loose Federer service game to go 5-3 ahead – the first time in 15 successive sets between the pair that he had taken one from the Swiss player.

There was little to separate the pair in the early stages of the deciding set, but a pair of forehand errors gave Federer the break and a 4-2 lead.

When Federer got the chance to serve for the match at 5-3 though, he lost the game to love and the match went to a tie break.

Berdych had two match points at 6-4, but he couldn’t convert and a double fault then gave Federer the match in just under two hours.

Federer moves a step closer in his bid to record an Indian Wells-Miami double for the first time since 2006.

 

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