Federer erases his doubts with battling win over Berdych

Federer erases his doubts with battling win over Berdych

Roger Federer took a revenge win Friday over the man who had beaten him twice this season, fighting from 5-2 down in the final set to overcome Tomas Berdych 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5) and reach the semi-finals of the Toronto Masters, dpa reported.

   The dramatic victory in just over two and a half hours was even sweeter as it eased memories of losses to Berdych last spring in Miami as well as in a Wimbledon quarter-finals.

   Federer will play second seed Novak Djokovic who dispatched 72nd-ranked French challenger Jeremy Chardy 6-2, 6-3. The other semi-final puts defender Andy Murray against world number one Rafael Nadal.

   Berdych was unable to serve out victory leading 5-3, with 16-time Grand Slam winner Federer closing the gap and forcing a tiebreaker. The Swiss streaked to 4-0, overcame three unforced errors and finally set up a match point, which he converted as Berdych sent a return long.

   "Serving it out is never easy, even for the top guys," said Federer, "He missed a couple of forehands and that made the difference. There was a lot of work on my side,

   "This is the kind of close match I was losing early in the year. It was tough. I had the match under control, like in Miami (he had match points), but I had to fight to finally win.

   "I had a good start, chances in the second, and then it I thought was going to slip away again like at the beginning of the season. But I was able to turn it around."

   Top seed Nadal needed a recovery effort to overcome inspired German Philipp Kohlschreiber 3-6, 6-3, 6- 4 with the Spaniard moving through to a weekend semi-final with Murray, against whom he stands 8-3.

   Nadal dropped the first set against Kohlschreiber, who only days ago spent a training week with Federer.

   Nadal levelled by taking the second and breaking in the seventh game of the third on his way to his seventh consecutive win against Kohlschreiber.

   Defending champion Murray posted an overwhelming 6-2, 6-2 defeat of Argentine David Nalbandian, ending an 11-match winning streak for the surging South American.

   "This is the favourite surface for him," he said of Murray and hardcourt. "I've had good battles against him in every surface, but on hard I have few wins.

   Murray, who led the ATP with six titles in 2009, is still seeking his first of 2010 more than halfway through the year. He has missed opportunities in finals at the Australian Open and Los Angeles.

   "It was one of the best matches I've played this year. I played very well in Australia (where he lost to Federer in the final), and then for a few months after that I didn't play particularly well.

   "It definitely gives me confidence for the rest of the tournament, and the rest of the US stretch."

Subscribe to Trend in Google News! Subscribe
Saudi foreign ministry says discussed Iran nuclear program with U.S. Blinken
Saudi foreign ministry says discussed Iran nuclear program with U.S. Blinken
US ready for Vienna talks on nuclear deal, but time is limited — White House
US ready for Vienna talks on nuclear deal, but time is limited — White House
Iran to resume Vienna negotiations on JCPOA soon - MFA
Iran to resume Vienna negotiations on JCPOA soon - MFA
Loading Bars
Latest
Buy/sell operations at Iran Mercantile Exchange soar
Graduation ceremony of Azerbaijani servicemen participating in courses held in Turkey
Heavy rains lash India's Kerala, red alert sounded in 5 districts
Share of households with internet access increases in Georgia
Seventeen U.S. missionaries and family kidnapped in Haiti
Iranian private investments in Tajikistan expected to grow
1,900 new COVID-19 cases reported in Kazakhstan
IRICA unveils data on exports of Iran to Belarus
Azerbaijan national team takes second place at Grand Slam judo tournament
8 killed, over 20 injured in traffic accident in Peru
1 deputy killed, 2 injured in "ambush shooting" in U.S. Texas
Israel's active COVID-19 cases below 20,000
At least 6 dead, 1 missing after ship sinks in Brazil
Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry shares publication in connection with anniversary of Armenia's missile attack on Ganja
Information about firing of Azerbaijani army in direction of Arazdeyen does not reflect truth - Ministry of Defense
Sudan protest calls for military coup as political crisis deepens
Chronicles of Victory: President Ilham Aliyev addresses the nation on October 17, 2020 (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Chronicles of Victory: October 17, 2020
District Election Commissions to sum up protocols of municipal polls in Georgia
A working meeting of the delegations of Uzbekistan and Afghanistan takes place
Russian authorities say 18 dead in suspected alcohol poisoning in Yekaterinburg
UN chief welcomes unilateral cease-fire in CAR
Iran’s Bahar Azadi gold coin price continues to rise
Work on increasing wages, pensions and benefits begins - Ministry of Finance of Azerbaijan
Official talks reasons for increase in gas prices in Azerbaijan
Post-conflict reconstruction projects launched by President Ilham Aliyev is unprecedented - Aide to President (VIDEO)
Azerbaijani IDEA signs agreement with All-Russian Society for Nature Conservation (PHOTO)
Saudi Arabia's PIF launches offshore platform tourism project
NATO Special Representative for Caucasus to visit Azerbaijan
Iran's Energy Exchange announces products to be on sale on October 17
Iran reaches grow in exports to Kyrgyzstan
World gas prices grow by 20-30 times compared to last year - SOCAR
Latvia to gift Georgia 83,070 doses of Pfizer jab
Earthquake hits southern Iran
Azerbaijan shares data on number of vaccinated citizens
Azerbaijan confirms 1,681 more COVID-19 cases, 675 recoveries
South Caucasus countries need to coordinate to open communications - Pakistani diplomat
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signs decree on raising social payments
Iran reveals COVID-19 data for October 16
Uzbekistan to privatize public park in Tashkent
Muslims all together sympathetic with Azerbaijan - Palestinian ambassador
Iran's exports to Kazakhstan up
SOCAR Georgia Gas opens tender on pickup trucks through operating lease
Turkish president and German chancellor holding talks in Istanbul
Novak does not rule out recurrence of energy crisis in Europe, urges its prevention
Azerbaijani official talks victims of Armenian attacks on Tartar during Second Karabakh War
Centuries needed to revive nature of Azerbaijan's Karabakh - minister
Azerbaijan raises electricity and gas prices
Restoration work in Azerbaijan’s liberated territories show positive trend – Kyrgyz ambassador
Over past 25-30 years, no country independently conducted such large-scale reconstruction in post-conflict period - aide to Azerbaijani president
Armenia must take serious and positive steps to open communications - Azerbaijani president's assistant (Exclusive)
Azerbaijan looks to sign document on demining liberated territories with France
Azerbaijan's Air Defense Units carrying out combat firing exercises (VIDEO)
Azerbaijan's Karabakh to be famous for its "smart cities" and agricultural products - Turkish ambassador
Iran boosts exports to Russia
Russia registers over 1,000 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours first since pandemic starts
Kazakh energy minister names reasons for shutdown of Pavlodar refinery
Iran sees increase in trade turnover with EAEU member states
Representatives of diplomatic corps view restoration work in liberated territories of Azerbaijan (PHOTO)
First plane with UN humanitarian aid for Afghanistan arrives in Uzbekistan
Iran records increase in load/unload operations in Amirabad port
Georgia and US to discuss co-op in Black Sea
Fuzuli Airport Granted International Status and Assigned IATA Code
Uzbekistan to fund startups in various sectors
U.S. lawmaker blames Boeing leaders for culture that led to crashes
Turkmenistan to purchase agricultural machinery from foreign manufacturers
Iran Energy Exchange shares data on sales of Iran’s Jam Petrochemical Company
Azerbaijan names gymnasts to perform at World Championships in Japan
During former occupation of Sugovushan, Armenia deprived vast lands of water - aide to Azerbaijani president (PHOTO)
Volume of loaded and unloaded cargo in Iran’s Noshahr Port down
Georgia shares data on COVID-19 cases for October 16
Kazakhstan boosts trade with Turkmenistan over 8M2021
Exports of steel manufacturers in Iran increase
Georgia, EU, and Turkey enter into "diagonal cumulation" agreement
Azerbaijani sees increase in oil prices
Iran raises ceiling on housing loans
Uzbekistan’s FEZ creates good basis for deepening co-op with Azerbaijan
Turkmenistan’s private enterprise eyes building dry cargo vessel
Trade turnover between Russia, US may hit record this year, says Deputy PM Overchuk
Iran to launch several shipping lines to Russia, Kazakhstan
Iran looks to improve transportation of goods from Khuzestan Province
Russia’s Korona Pay eyes expanding money transfers via Azerbaijan's mobile banking apps
Gas prices in Europe to remain high over next 6 months
Iranian currency rates for October 16
Turkmenistan's electric potential rises after commissioning new capacious power plants
Iran to increase fuel production
UK MP killing was terrorist incident, Met Police say
Representatives of diplomatic corps in Azerbaijan begin visit to Sugovushan
Czech Republic eyes to support improvement of Georgian air transport infrastructure
1,900 more COVID-19 cases reported in Kazakhstan
Biden says those who refuse to testify in Jan 6 probe should be prosecuted
ISIS claims responsibility for mosque attack in Afghan city of Kandahar
Fully vaccinated foreign visitors can enter U.S. starting on Nov. 8
China's Shenzhou-13 crewed spaceship docks with space station module
UK records more than 40,000 COVID cases for third day in a row
Biden says Clinton will be released ‘shortly’ from California hospital
Amazon-owned Twitch says source code exposed in last week's data breach
Israel's annual inflation up 2.5 pct, highest in nearly decade
Africa's COVID-19 cases surpass 8.41 mln: Africa CDC
US shares specific data on cybercrime with Russia, awaits its actions, White House says
All news