Federer edges Berdych for Miami semi-final

Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych have met 23 times in their long history against one another.

Alexander Zverev and Nick Kyrgios after the two met in Indian Wells.

The 35-year-old Swiss, who has already clinched the Australian Open and Indian Wells titles so far this year, struggled past 10th seed Berdych 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (8-6) in a thrilling last-eight contest that lasted nearly two hours.

"I've had some tough losses here where I should have won, like against Tomas a few years ago and also against Nishikori, and they stay with you".

The two competitors had to be separated by a final-set tiebreaker, which Federer ultimately claimed following a Berdych double fault after just under two hours played.

The last of the quarter-finals at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event pits Australian No.12 seed Nick Kyrgios against German No.16 seed Alexander Zverev, with the victor earning a semi-final showdown with Federer.

Roger Federer's seemingly impossible ascent back towards the top of the men's game made further ground at the Miami Open, but his biggest test of the year looks to be around the corner. Federer-Kyrgios is a rematch - sort of - from this year's quarterfinals at Indian Wells, a match where Kyrgios withdrew beforehand with an illness.

"I'm happy today to have come through somehow. But I think I showed great heart today, Tomas really started to step it up and it was a great match at the end", Federer told reporters after his victory, via The Guardian.

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.

With no margin for error, Kyrgios was again ahead of breaking the serve of his rival in the sixth game and confirmed the break in the next to get 5-2, distance that the German could not recover and he said goodbye to the tournament Three weeks before turning 20 on April 20.

Still clearly aggravated by the decision, Zverev lost his concentration and way as Kyrgios booked a spot in the semis, despite fending off another two match points. I had a match point, didn't make it.

But the 31-year-old Czech dug deep in the second set, breaking to go 5-3 up and took the contest into a third set.

  • Julie Sanders