Roger Federer saved two match points and beating Tomas Berdych, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(6), in the quarterfinal round of the 2017 Miami Open on Thursday. The crowd was wild in Florida as they witnessed the Swiss Maestro complete the epic comeback in this tournament.
Federer won the first set but Berdych came back to tie it in the second to set up a classic third set. The Czech pro was serving for the match with a 6-4 advantage in the tie-break of the third set but he allowed Federer to win the next four matches. Federer staved off those two match points and got another great victory in his career.
Roger Federer happy with comeback win
“I’ve had some tough losses here where I should have won. They stay with you so I’m happy today to have come through somehow,” Federer stated via Reuters.
“I definitely got very lucky at the end but I think I showed great heart today and I fought. Tomas really stepped it up and it was a great match at the end but one guy had to win.”
Two more wins in Miami will give Federer his third title this 2017 ATP season. He won the 2017 Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia in January and 2017 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California earlier this month.
Federer added that he enjoys winning the “breakers” in his matches. Berdych had the win in the bag but the Swiss made another great comeback win over his rival. Federer stated post-match that he wants to stay aggressive on his returns as he tries to get back to elite form in the ATP tour.
Federer appeared to be on his way to an easy win after winning the first set easily. However, Berdych won the second with two breaks and he also saved a match point in the third set. Berdych then collapsed in the final points of the match after he failed on his first match point.
Roger Federer continues climb back to elite
The 35-year-old Federer is in a career resurgence after falling off in the ATP rankings in recent years. He has struggled with various injuries but appears to be back to 100% form after winning his 17th Grand Slam title in Australia.
Federer is currently ranked sixth in the world in the ATP rankings but his play recently showed he can be back to his elite form. Other better-ranked players like Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, and Stan Wawrinka has not played well in the early part of the 2017 ATP Season.
If Federer continues his good play, he could return to the World No. 1 ranking later this year. This confirms his status as the greatest player of all time in the sport.