3/15/13 2:48 PM | Ricky Dimon
Tomas Berdych dismisses Kevin Anderson in straight sets on Thursday in Indian Wells. Next up for Berdych is a semifinal showdown against Rafael Nadal.
Tomas Berdych booked a spot in the BNP Paribas Open semifinals by defeating Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-4 on Thursday afternoon. Berdych broke serve in the last game of each set to prevail after one hour and 30 minutes.
Anderson saw three break chances in the opener, but he could not convert and the 6'8'' South African eventually double-faulted on set point at 4-5. Berdych completely cruised through his second-set service games, thus applying constant pressure on his opponent. Anderson again cracked in the 10th game of set two, as Berdych's second break of the day ended the proceedings.
"I feel quite well on court, and especially I would say physically, because I already play quite a lot in the past couple of weeks," said the sixth-ranked Czech, who improved to 6-0 lifetime against Anderson. "So that's the important sign for me, that I can be fit for the guys in the next rounds."
The next guy for Berdych will be Rafael Nadal, who rolled over a hobbled Roger Federer 6-4, 6-2.
"I think everyone knows who I would prefer to play," Berdych quipped.
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