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Ferrer, Berdych To Play For SF Berth

Melbourne, Australia

Ferrer© Getty ImagesDavid Ferrer is through to the quarter-finals for the fourth year in a row.

World No. 3 David Ferrer produced a strong finish to defeat Germany’s Florian Mayer 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-2, 6-1 in the fourth round of the Australian Open on Sunday in Melbourne. Ferrer has reached the quarter-finals in nine successive major tournaments.

“I am proud for that,” said Ferrer. “The last four or five years, I’ve played very good in the Grand Slams.  I maintain[ed] a Top 10-[ranking]. So I'm very happy for that.”

The Spaniard is through to the last eight at Melbourne Park for the fourth year in a row, but it was not without a fight against the 37th-ranked Mayer. Ferrer recovered from a break down in the opener, only to surrender the first set in the ensuing tie-break. He then let a 3-0 double break lead in the second set slip away, saw Mayer break back as he served at 5-4, before breaking the German again and closing out the set at the second time of asking to level the match.

The 31-year-old Ferrer was met with less resistance in the third and fourth sets, dropping just three more games as he claimed victory in under three hours. The win saw him improve to a 5-3 FedEx ATP Head2Head record over Mayer.

“In the second set, I played better,” Ferrer said. “I started really good. It was not easy in one side of the court because it was windy.”

Ferrer has reached the semi-finals in Melbourne in two of the past three years, losing to Andy Murray in 2011 and Novak Djokovic last year. The right-hander reached his first Grand Slam final at last year’s Roland Garros, finishing runner-up to Rafael Nadal.

For a place in the semi-finals, Ferrer will challenge seventh seed Tomas Berdych.

Berdych continued his dominance over No. 19 seed Kevin Anderson, outclassing the South African 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 in just under two hours en route to a fourth consecutive Australian Open quarter-final. The victory was the third year in a row for Berdych over Anderson in Melbourne—the third and fourth rounds respectively—and marked a perfect ten wins from as many matches in the pair’s FedEx ATP Head2Head series.

Unwavering on his own serve, Berdych moved confidently around the court, breaking Anderson to pocket the opening two sets. Berdych’s form gave little hope of reprieve for Anderson, who was unable to earn a break point against the Czech. The straight-sets win ensured Berdych is yet to drop a set this tournament.

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