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Berdych survives Ferrer scrap to reach semi-finals

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Big-serving Czech Tomas Berdych fended off a belated challenge from baseline hustler David Ferrer to reach his maiden Australian Open semi-final on Tuesday with a 6-1 6-4 2-6 6-4 victory. The seventh-seed Berdych cruised to a two-set lead over a surprisingly listless Ferrer but spontaneously collapsed in the third set under pressure from the dogged Spaniard.

Tennis: Berdych to lead Czechs in Davis Cup opener

World number seven and Australian Open semi-finalist Tomas Berdych will lead holders the Czech Republic into their Davis Cup tie against the Netherlands later this month, captain Jaroslav Navratil announced on Tuesday. Berdych, 28, will be flanked by 44th-ranked Radek Stepanek, Lukas Rosol and Jiri Vesely in the World Group, first round match-up in Ostrava, close to the Czech border with Poland, on January 31-February 2.

Tennis: Wawrinka upsets champion Djokovic at Open

Stanislas Wawrinka dumped three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic out of the Australian Open after a thrilling five-set match on Tuesday. The Swiss eighth seed beat Djokovic 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7 in a four-hour quarter-final on Rod Laver Arena to set up a semi-final with Czech seventh seed Tomas Berdych. rsm/th

Tennis: Berdych fights off Ferrer to reach first Aussie semi

Czech seventh seed Tomas Berdych fought off tenacious world number three David Ferrer in four sets to reach his first Australian Open semi-final on Tuesday. Berdych outlasted the Spaniard 6-1, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in just over three hours and will play either defending champion Novak Djokovic or Stanislas Wawrinka for a place in the final. The victory, Berdych's first at Rod Laver Arena, the tournament's centre court, means he has now completed a set of semi-final appearances at all four Grand Slams. "It feels great. It's really a great feeling," Berdych said.

Tennis: Berdych downs Ferrer to reach Aussie Open semis

Czech seventh seed Tomas Berdych reached his first Australian Open semi-final with victory over David Ferrer on Tuesday. Berdych won 6-1, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in just over three hours and will next play either Novak Djokovic or Stanislas Wawrinka. rsm/th

Tennis: Berdych fights off Ferrer to reach first Aussie semi

Tomas Berdych fought off the tenacious David Ferrer in four sets to win through to his first Australian Open semi-final on Tuesday. The Czech seventh seed outlasted the Spanish third seed 6-1, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in just over three hours and will play either defending champion Novak Djokovic or Stanislas Wawrinka for a place in the final. The victory means that Berdych has now completed a set of semi-final appearances at all four Grand Slams.

Tennis: Ferrer v Berdych quarter-final match stats

Match statistics from the Australian Open men's quarter-final between David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych on Tuesday (x denotes seeding): Tomas Berdych (CZE x7) bt David Ferrer (ESP x3) 6-1, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 Time: 3hr 4min Berdych - Ferrer 10 Aces 2 4 Double Faults 1 43 Winners 30 62 Unforced Errors 46 5/13 Break Point Conversions 3/12 128 Total Points Won 119 afp

Tennis: Impressive Li sweeps into Australian Open semis

China's Li Na demolished Flavia Pennetta as she swept impressively into the Australian Open semi-finals and a date with precocious teen star Eugenie Bouchard on Tuesday. As Tomas Berdych finally ended his Rod Laver Arena jinx with a four-sets win over David Ferrer, Li looked odds-on to reach a third Melbourne final after tearing past fellow veteran Pennetta. The Chinese world number four pummelled winners past the Italian as she broke five times and won 62 points to just 37 for her opponent in the 6-2, 6-2 victory.

Tennis: Australian Open quarter-final line-ups

Quarter-final line-ups at the Australian Open: Men Playing Tuesday Novak Djokovic (SRB x2) v Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI x8) David Ferrer (ESP x3) v Tomas Berdych (CZE x7) Playing Wednesday Rafael Nadal (ESP x1) v Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x22) Andy Murray (GBR x4) v Roger Federer (SUI x6) afp

Tennis: Ovation as 'lucky loser' is a winner with fans

France's 'lucky loser' Stephane Robert said he was taken aback by his standing ovation on Monday as his fairytale Australian Open run finished in style. The world number 119, who failed to come through qualifying but gained his berth because of a withdrawal, pushed Wimbledon champion Andy Murray before going down in four sets. Afterwards, thunderous applause for the 33-year-old journeyman drowned out the British world number four during his on-court interview.
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