Written by Staff Writer
26 Jan, 2016 | 6:20 pm
At 34, Federer is the oldest semi-finalist at the Australian Open for nearly 40 years, and the oldest in any major since Andre Agassi 10 years ago.
He advanced to his 12th Australian Open semi-final on Tuesday with an efficient 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, 6-4 victory over sixth seed Tomas Berdych.
Federer was pressed hard in the opening set, taking it in a tie-break after swapping service breaks with Berdych, before the Swiss won the important points in the second set to take control of the match.
The Czech broke early in the third set before 17-times grand slam winner Federer broke back in the third game and upped the pressure on his 30-year-old opponent, breaking again in the ninth then serving out to seal it in two hours, 16 minutes.
“I’m very, very happy. Tomas has caused me a lot of problems over the years,” Federer said. “He’s one of the guys who makes you a better player. He’s beaten me around the world on the biggest courts.
“I played a great match. I was aggressive, had some variety in there and I’m very happy I was able to play like that.”
Federer now waits the winner of the quarter-final between world No1 Novak Djokovic and Japan’s Kei Nishikori, who play later on Rod Laver Arena.
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