Berdych fights way to quarters

Sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych needed five sets to get past Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday.

The Czech beat the 24th seed Bautista Agut 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 in a match lasting three hours and 20 minutes.

In the first set things went with serve until the fifth game when Berdych was broken and things went with serve until the 10th game where Bautista Agut saved a break point to claim the set.

Then in the second things went with serve until the 10th game where after a huge battle Berdych broke serve on his second break point to win the set 6-4.

Berdych broke his opponent’s serve in the sixth game of the third set and then went on to win the set without his serve being seriously challenged to take a two sets to one lead.

The Spaniard absolutely dominated the fourth set breaking the sixth seeds serve twice, in the second and sixth games, though Bautista Agut saved six break points in a marathon fifth game before holding serve to win the set 6-1.

Berdych looked the better player in the fifth set breaking serve in the fourth game at the second attempt and then broke again in the sixth game.

The 24th seed showing his fighting spirit by breaking back in the seventh game but that was not enough as two games later Berdych held his serve to win the set and match 6-3 in the fifth.

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