Forward-looking Berdych eyes first Australian Open semi

Sun Jan 20, 2013 5:52am EST
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By Simon Cambers

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Big-hitting Czech Tomas Berdych is determined not to let missed opportunities ruin his chances of going further than he has ever gone before at the Australian Open.

The fifth seed survived an epic third-set tiebreak against 203 centimeter (6 feet 8 inches) South African Kevin Anderson, winning it 15-13 to clinch a 6-3 6-2 7-6 victory.

It is the third straight year in the last eight for Berdych, who had a point to lead Rafa Nadal by two sets to love at the same stage last year only for the Spaniard to storm back for victory.

"Many people (talk about) that backhand volley," Berdych told reporters of that missed opportunity against Nadal.

"I saw it a couple of times on the TV. Still, I was the one on court playing the situation. Maybe it looks easier than the volley was.

"It was not something like when I missed against John Isner in the final in Winston Salem. That was an easy backhand volley which I will see for a couple of years.

"This one was a tough shot. As Rafa has shown, he is a great fighter. He was playing really well and it was a good match."

But with the confidence of not yet dropping a set in Melbourne this year, Berdych said he was determined only to look forward and not back after setting up a meeting with either top seed Novak Djokovic or Swiss 15th seed Stanislas Wawrinka.   Continued...

Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic celebrates defeating Kevin Anderson of South Africa in their men's singles match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 20, 2013. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj