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Berdych Beats Anderson For QF Spot

Melbourne, Australia

Berdych© AFP/Getty ImagesTomas Berdych is through to the quarter-finals for the third year in a row.

World No. 6 Tomas Berdych advanced to the Australian Open quarter-finals for the third year in a row, beating the in-form Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-2, 7-6(13) on Sunday in Melbourne. The Czech is yet to drop a set in his campaign and will face World No. 1 Novak Djokovic after the two-time defending champion beat Stanislas Wawrinka in five thrilling sets, 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7(5), 12-10.

Berdych cruised through the first two sets in 76 minutes against Anderson, but faced sterner opposition in the 88 minute third set. Anderson rallied from an early break down and was denied a set point on Berdych’s serve at 4-5. In a pulsating tie-break, Anderson failed to convert four more set points before Berdych clinched his fifth match point as Anderson hit a forehand long.

"I think it's more important to bring the best for the end of the set, and I think I was able to do so," said Berdych. "I was many times actually serving the set points down and was able to keep on my serve, which with him is very tough because you don't know what could happen, especially for your second serve. You can just go for it hundred percent and then you don't have it in your hands at all. 

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"I would say I feel much better [than last year in the quarter-finals]," said Berdych, who was beaten in four sets by Rafael Nadal in the last eight in 2012. "I mean, last year was a pretty big year for me. There were many new experiences that I learned. I hope that I'm going to be able to profit from that."

The 27-year-old Berdych defeated Roger Federer to reach the US Open semi-finals last year, falling to Andy Murray in four sets. The Czech was also runner-up at Wimbledon in 2010, losing to Nadal after beating Federer and Djokovic.

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