Roger Federer fights off match points to tame Tomas Berdych at Miami Masters

Fourth-seeded Federer improves to 19 -1 this season by realizing off Berdych to advance to Miami Open semi-finals

Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki rolled through the first few matches of the Miami Open, never facing any significant challenges.

That changed Thursday, and both survived.

The fourth-seeded Federer opposed off two match points before beating No10 Tomas Berdych 6-2, 3-6, 7-6( 6) in a quarterfinal matchup. Wozniacki rallied with much less drama, the No12 seed topping second-seeded Karolina Pliskova 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 to reach the final at Key Biscayne for the first time in her 10 appearances at the tournament.

Im happy today to have come through somehow, Federer said. I emphatically get very lucky at the end. But I guess I evidenced great heart today, Tomas actually was beginning to stair it up and it was a great equal at the end.

Federer is now 4-0 in tiebreakers at this tournament , none of the first 3 as pressure-packed as the one he required Thursday. He was providing for the equal at 5-3 and get transgressed, had a match point in the next play and couldnt convert, then was down 6-4 in the breaker before winning the final four points.

I just lost by one point. Thats what happened. Very simple-minded, very straightforward, Berdych said. He was the one providing out the equal, didnt make it. I had a match point, didnt make it. I had two, didnt make it. So what else to announce?

Federer a two-time champion at Key Biscayne and now 17 -1 in 2017 will play either No12 Nick Kyrgios or No16 Alexander Zverev in the semifinals on Friday. Kyrgios and Zverev were scheduled to play their quarterfinal afterward Thursday.

Wozniacki got her trouble out of the course early, winning 12 of the final 14 plays in her semifinal matchup.

This is one of the few tournaments where Ive never made a finals, Wozniacki said. I guess my best good result here was semifinals five years ago. Its always been a tournament where I wouldnt announce I strive, but Ive simply not had research results I wanted.

Thats not the case this year.

The part-time South Florida resident she has a region in nearby Miami Beach, rules at Key Biscayne sometimes, even has been courtside at Miami Heat plays was clearly the fresher player as the equal unfolded on a sunny, 80 F afternoon. She wasted three fixed degrees in the opening fixed, won the first three plays in the second fixed and deterred rolling.

I got a good start to the second set and that kind of got me fired up, Wozniacki said.

In Federers case, the second determined is where things started moving awry.

He needed only 26 times to take the first fixed, before Berdych battling through a gimpy left ankle located his stride. Federer transgressed for 4-2 in the third largest, was providing for the equal at 5-3 and get transgressed at enjoy, then let a match point get away later.

But he held on, joining Rafael Nadal and Fabio Fognini in the semifinals.

Sick atmosphere, Federer told the crowd subsequently. Thanks for making it very special.

This will be the second consecutive occasion two double-digit seeds stimulate the womens final at Key Biscayne, after No13 Victoria Azarenka beat No15 Svetlana Kuznetsova a year ago.

No1 1 Venus Williams and No10 Johanna Konta were to play for the other spot in the status of women final afterward Thursday night.

Its exceedingly special, Wozniacki said. Having a region here, training here in the offseason, playing kind of on dwelling advantage, its special is still in my first finals here. Im exceedingly excited.

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