Roger Federer fends off match points to score Miami Open win over Tomas Berdych

Published: Thursday 30th March 2017 by The News Editor

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Roger Federer booked his place in the semi-finals of the Miami Open with a thrilling three-set win over Tomas Berdych on Thursday.

Federer saved match points from 6-4 down in the decisive tie-break before holding on to triumph 6-2 3-6 7-6 (8/6) on a Czech double fault.

The Swiss star had been broken to love when he served for the match at 5-3 before spurning a match point of his own on the Berdych serve in the following game.

Federer had looked in imperious form in the opening set which he won in just 26 minutes having broken Berdych in the first game of the match.

But his opponent seized the initiative in the eighth game of the second set when two uncharacteristic Federer errors gave Berdych a 5-3 lead.

Berdych duly served out to level the match but found himself increasingly under pressure in the decider and the first break in the sixth game looked decisive.

Despite a stunning recovery from Berdych it was Federer who held his nerve in a thrilling tie-break in which there were never more than two points between them.

Published: Thursday 30th March 2017 by The News Editor

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