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Berdych Storms Into Indian Wells Semis

Indian Wells, U.S.A.

Berdych© Getty ImagesTomas Berdych is through to the Indian Wells semifinals for the first time.

World No. 6 Tomas Berdych stormed into the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Kevin Anderson. The Czech is yet to drop a set on his strong run at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden and will face either Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals.

Berdych ended Anderson’s desert run with victory in 90 minutes. The Czech broke serve in the 10th game of each set and fought off all three break points he faced. He recorded his sixth win in six meetings with the No.37-ranked Anderson.

The 27-year-old Berdych is through to the semi-finals of this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 hard court tournament for the first time in nine visits. He is the first Czech male to reach the semi-finals here since Bohdan Ulirach advanced to the final in 1997 (l. to Chang).

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"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 Berdych. "So that's the important sign for me, that I can be fit for the guys in the next rounds. Then I can focus on the game that I want to play and the game what is working."

Berdych is bidding for his first ATP World Tour title of the season after runner-up finishes at the Open 13 in Marseille (l. to Tsonga) and the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships (l. to Djokovic). He has an 18-4 match record on the season.

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The 26-year-old Anderson has impressed on his comeback from elbow surgery, which he underwent after the Australian Open. The South African returned two weeks ago with a quarter-final showing in Delray Beach (l. to Isner) and knocked out World No. 4 David Ferrer in the second round in Indian Wells to record his third Top 10 win.

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