Roger Federer reached his 12th Australian Open semifinal, and his 39th at a Grand Slam tournament, when he beat No. 6 Tomas Berdych 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-4.
The four-time Australian champion used a full array of shots, including some vintage backhands, in his 48 winners, to avenge two losses to Berdych at Wimbledon in 2010 and the 2012 U.S. Open.
“Tomas has caused me a lot of problems over the years,” said Federer, who improved to 16-6 against the Czech player. “He’s one of those guys who make you a better player, he’s beaten me on the biggest courts around the world.
“I was aggressive, had some variety in there. I’m very happy I was able to play this way.”
He’s now the oldest man since 1979 (Colin Dibley) to reach the Australian Open semis, where he’ll play either five-time champion Novak Djokovic or No. 7 Kei Nishikori.