Federer beats Tomas Berdych to reach Miami Open semis

World No.6 Roger Federer survived two match points before beating Tomas Berdych in a third-set tiebreak in their Miami Open quarter-final on Thursday (Friday AEDT).

The Swiss star received a stern test from Berdych in the third-set tiebreaker before prevailing.

Williams struggled with her first serve and saved five break points early in the second set before breaking Konta to take a 3-1 lead.

The pair were due to meet in the quarter-finals in Indian Wells a fortnight ago but Kyrgios, who has beaten Novak Djokovic twice this year, was forced to withdraw through illness.

"I'm happy today to have come through somehow". "I fought and Tomas definitely started to step it up, but it was a great match at the end".

― Reuters picMIAMI, March 31 ― Tempers flared between Nick Kyrgios and Alexander Zverev late in their Miami Open quarter-final yesterday when a botched line call and contentious decision by the chair umpire to allow a challenge on the point caused both players to react angrily.

It marked Federer's second hard match in a row, as he needed two tiebreaks and almost two hours to beat Roberto Bautista Agut in the fourth round, and followed that up with a near-two-hour effort against Berdych as well.

But Federer played his sloppiest game of the match when serving at 5-3 to get broken and give Berdych a new lease on life, a slip-up that the Czech capitalised on to send the contest to a final-set tie-breaker.

The victory was Fed's seventh in a row over the Czech veteran, and he improved his career record against Berdych to 18-6.

The Australian may be the underdog this weekend, but he will no doubt be buoyed by his win over Federer at the Madrid Masters in 2015, the only other time they have faced each other.

It also ended Federer's streak of 17 consecutive sets won dating back to his loss to Evgeny Donskoy in Dubai.

"I just lost by one point".

Meanwhile, Kyrgios is enjoying a good start to 2017 as well and Saturday will see him compete in his third semi-final of the year.

Nick Kyrgios makes a gesture to a linesman during his round of 16 match in Miami.

  • Julie Sanders