9/6/12 12:38 PM | Cheryl Murray
Tomas Berdych has once again played spoiler to Roger Federer's Grand Slam plans, with the Czech dispatching the world No. 1 for a spot in the semifinals.
In the shock of the tournament so far, world No. 6 Tomas Berdych dispatched top seed Roger Federer 7-6(1), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to advance to the semifinals.
For two sets and part of the third, it actually appeared that Federer would be taken out in straight sets. The Wimbledon champion served poorly, hitting three double faults to just two aces in the first two frames. But it was Berdych's own aggressive play that put him ahead.
Berdych was clearly outhitting Federer off the ground. The Czech managed to hit the cover off the ball without racking up too many unforced errors and as a result jumped out to the commanding 2 sets to 0 lead.
Federer got down a break early in the third set, but in true champion's style he staged an impressive comeback. He earned the break back to put the set back on level terms, and got another set-winning break on a horrific service game from Berdych in which the underdog double-faulted on break point.
Unfortunately for the Federer camp, the resurgence was short-lived. Berdych did not lose his head but came back in the fourth as steady as ever. He secured the only break early in the set to take the win.
Berdych will take on world No. 4 Andy Murray in the semis.
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