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BNP PARIBAS OPEN 2015
Indian Wells, U.S.A.© Getty ImagesRoger Federer beats Tomas Berdych to advance to the semi-finals in Indian Wells.
Roger Federer put on a masterful display on Friday, proving why he is a four-time champion in Indian Wells. The second seed beat Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-0 in their BNP Paribas Open quarter-final.
“[It’s] not just another win, but another win against a Top 10 player; against Berdych, who has played me tough in recent years, " said Federer.
Federer troubled Berdych in the fifth game of the first set, earning a break point opportunity, which was promptly saved by the Czech. But in his next service game, Berdych was unable to fend off Federer as the Swiss broke for a 4-3 lead and went on to win the first set after 40 minutes.
Federer gave Berdych no wiggle room in the second set, and hit 21 winners, won 88 per cent of his first serve points and faced no break points en route to the 68-minute victory.
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“When you feel that [Federer] is in control right from the beginning, then of course you have to come up with your best game from the beginning of the match, ” said Berdych. “You just want to play well. You just want to play your best.
"There is a very thin line in between that and overdoing it. It's not so easy to control it every single time that you go play with a player like this, even if he's playing in such a good shape… He was doing pretty much everything perfect.”
“I think I really played well off the baseline, ” said Federer. “Because I was serving well and moving well, so maybe there is not going to be that many chances for him on the return as it is. But at least he could have stayed with me longer, and as the match goes on maybe he would have also found his groove better.
“But for me, I found it quickly. I felt like I was hitting the ball well but also playing the right way. When those two things happen, it was always going to be tough for him."
Did You Know?
This week marked the 23rd time the Big Four of Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Federer and Nadal advanced to the quarter-finals at the same event, and the third time the quartet reached the quarter-finals at Indian Wells (2015, 2013, 2009). If Federer and Nadal win today, it will be the first time since the 2012 Australian Open that the foursome has reached the semi-finals at the same tournament.
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