MELBOURNE, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- Seventh seed Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic beat world No. 3 David Ferrer 6-1, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to reach his maiden Australian Open semifinals here on Tuesday.
After quarterfinal exits in the past three years, the Big-serving Czech finally earned himself a spot in the Australian Open semifinals.
The 2010 Wimbledon champion has now recorded the semifinals of every Grand Slams and has won three of his last five matches against the baseline hustler Ferrer.
Berdych took the first set in only 30 minutes, dropping just one game. The second one was quite closer with three consecutive breaks but Berdych finally grabbed the chance to serve for the set.
But Ferrer kept his fight spirit on and battled back to take the third set 6-2.
Ferrer appeared to drag the match into an epic struggle but lost focus at 2-2 in the fourth set to surrender serve with unforced errors. Berydch saved five break points in that set before eventually taking the set 6-4.
"It is always an extremely tough and physical match with David and after losing the third set I was not playing my best and it was the only set where I was a bit up and down," said Berydch. "After that I tried to refocus on my game and save for one very tough game on my serve in the fourth. I then made a break and that proved decisive."
He will face the winner between defending champion Novak Djokovic and eighth-seeded Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka, whose match will be played later tonight.
Berdych is the 23rd man in the Open Era to reach the semifinals at all four majors and the second Czech after Ivan Lendl. He equals the record for most Australian Open appearances before reaching the semifinals, joining Colin Dibley and Mark Woodforde, who also accomplished the feat on their 11th visit.