Roger Federer Survives Tomas Berdych, Advances to 2017 Miami Open Semifinals

Now, poised to make it to yet another major event, Federer faces Tomas Berdych in the ATP Miami quarterfinal and looks like yet another rematch with Spaniard Nadal in the Finals could be a real possibility.

The victory was Fed's seventh in a row over the Czech veteran, and he improved his career record against Berdych to 18-6. And he hasn't lost a set in his last eight matches!

It marked Federer's second hard match in a row, as he needed two tiebreaks and almost two hours to beat Roberto Bautista Agut in the fourth round, and followed that up with a near-two-hour effort against Berdych as well.

He needed only 26 minutes to take the first set, before Berdych - battling through a gimpy left ankle - found his stride. Federer has the honors at 1.20, while Berdych is down, but not out at 4.50. But Berdych fought back to clinch the second set at 6-3. But playing against Federer will be be a very, very hard and Berdych is not expected to win.

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Holding a 3-2 advantage, Federer scored a huge break of serve to go up 4-2 and put himself in ideal position to close out the match. He was serving for the match at 5-3 and got broken, had a match point in the next game and couldn't convert, then was down 6-4 in the breaker before winning the final four points.

Federer has not tasted success in Miami since 2006, when he completed the Indian Wells-Miami title double for the second consecutive year.

Federer next will play the victor of Thursday's later quarter-final between two of the ATP's up and coming stars, Australia's Nick Kyrgios and Germany's Alexander Zverev.

With a day of rest in between then and his quarter final match with Tomas Berdych, the 35-year-old has expressed opinions about the rest times for tennis players in the after-match press conference.

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