Roger Federer v Nick Kyrgios, 2017 Miami Open semi-final

18-time Grand slam champion, Roger Federer has reached the Miami Open semifinals after a dramatic win against Czech 10th seed Tomas Berdych as his wonderful start to the year continues.

Roger Federer survived two match points before beating Tomas Berdych in a third-set tie-break in the Miami Open quarter-finals on Thursday.

Federer had to fight off two match points before securing a win, setting up a semi-final showdown against Kyrgios.

Nick Kyrgios of Australia won 6-4, 6-7 (9) and 6-3 against the young German tennis player Alexander Zverev in a vibrant quarter-final at the Masters 1000 in Miami and will play the semi final on Friday with the Swiss Roger Federer.

"I've had some tough losses here where I should have won".

Australian Open champion Federer, who also won at Indian Wells two weeks ago, is playing some of the best tennis of his career and appears completely recovered from a knee injury that kept him out of the second half of past year.

"I definitely got very lucky at the end. They stay with you so I'm happy today to have come through somehow", he said courtside.

The 35-year-old became the oldest Masters 1000 finalists and victor when he defeated his compatriot Stan Wawrinka at the Indian Wells Masters.

Further evidence of Berdych's resolve came as he then saved a match point with a booming second serve before holding with a stunning angled backhand.

Federer battles Nick Kyrgios in just a few hours for a spot in the Miami finals against Rafael Nadal! Tomas really started to step it up and it was a great match at the end'.

"He's my favourite tennis player, so I'm going to enjoy that moment".

Berdych double-faulted on Federer's second match point to gift victory to the 18-time Grand Slam champion.

"He's the greatest of all time. But I think I showed great heart today". We're going to play a lot more times and he's only going to get better.

Berdych, who'd lost 15 straight sets to Federer prior to Thursday's clash, was broken in the opening game of the match and broken again at 4-2 to put the opening set beyond doubt.

  • Julie Sanders