Roger Federer vs. Tomas Berdych full game Jan 26, 2016 highlights, result, recap, replay and final score from 2016 Australian Open.
Roger Federer will be playing in the Australian Open semifinals for the 12th time in the last 13 years after defeating Tomas Berdych in straight sets, 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-4 win over.
Federer vs Berdych 2016 Australia open result Australian Open tweeted after Federer sealed the victory Monday:
Despite Federer’s historic stretch of reaching the Australian Open semifinals a dozen times, the road has usually ended shortly thereafter. He’s lost in the semifinals four years in a row and hasn’t reached the final since he last won the tournament in 2010.
Federer will meet the winner of the match between Kei Nishikori and top-seeded Novak Djokovic for the right to play in the first Grand Slam final of 2016.
It wasn’t smooth early for Federer, who allowed Berdych—the No. 6 seed—to take the first set to a tiebreaker. Once the tiebreaker started, though, Federer took over the match. He won the tiebreaker, 7-4, and the tennis world seemed to be heading for another five-set classic, per CJ Fogler of the Cauldron:
Federer stormed back in the second set to win 6-2 and take a commanding lead. He notched 28 total points and connected on 10 more winners than Berdych (16-6).
Federer trailed 3-2 in the third set and was on the verge of letting the match last longer. But despite trailing 40-15 in the sixth game, Federer won the next four points to draw level at 3-3. Federer put Berdych away by winning four of the last five points in the final game to secure his spot in the semifinals.
All tournament long, fans have been wondering whether Federer has enough left in the tank to win another major, and his last two performances, both straight-sets win, have shown that he’s up to the challenge.
And his two straight-sets wins could not have come at a better time, with Federer knowing he’ll face a tough opponent in Nishikori or the reigning champion Djokovic on Wednesday.
Roger Federer vs Tomas Berdych 2016-01-26 Quarter final tennis highlights
Federer has played in a lot of semifinals. This year’s Aussie Open semi appearance will be the 49th of his illustrious career. He’s had to have had some great coaching over the years to reach this point virtually every year, and that’s what he credits that to.:
“I feel like I’ve had good coaching throughout,” Federer said, per the Australian Open, “and the right coach at the right time”
He’ll turn 35 years old in August, but there are instances, like in this match against Berdych, where he looks like he’s not getting older.