Berdych on the Verge of Aussie Final

January 21, 2014 09:26 AM
Tomas Berdych is through to the Aussie Open semifinals and is looking for more

2012 Winston-Salem Open finalist, Tomas Berdych dispatched No. 3 seed David Ferrer in Australian Open quarterfinals Tuesday but got better news later in the night when Stanislas Wawrinka upset Novak Djokovic, leaving the Czech with a realistic shot at making the final.

The win over Ferrer was alone an accomplishment for Berdych, who now joins an elite group of players to have made the semifinals at all four Grand Slam tournaments. Surprisingly enough, in his 11th appearance at the Aussie Open, it was the first time that he had won a match on Rod Laver Arena.

“It’s a great feeling,” said Berdych after the win. “You know, there were some special moments which went well together in this match, making it for the first time here in the Aussie Open to the semis, winning my first match on Rod Laver after all those years. I'm extremely happy to go through.”

The real prize for Berdych came later in the night though when he found out that his semifinal opponent will not be three-time defending champion Djokovic but rather Wawrinka, who beat the Serb 9-7 in the fifth set.

While Berdych lost three of his four matches against Wawrinka last year, he would no doubt prefer to play the Swiss in his quest for his second Grand Slam final and first since Wimbledon in 2010 than Djokovic.

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Tommy Robredo 2 Out - R16
Gael Monfils 3 Out-R32
Sam Querrey 3 Out - R32
Andreas Seppi 2 Out- R64
Fernando Verdasco 1 Out - R64
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 1 Out- R64
Alexandr Dolgopolov 4 Out - R64
Dmitry Tursunov 1 Out - R64