Australian Open: Tomas Berdych hammers Rafael Nadal to make Melbourne semi-finals

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Melbourne | Published: January 27, 2015 11:25:21 AM

Tomas Berdych played arguably the grand slam quarter-final of his life to end the longest losing streak on the ATP Tour by beating Rafael Nadal, who he had not beaten in 17 successive matches.

Rafael Nadal, Australian OpenRafael Nadal chases down a shot to Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic during their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne. Nadal lost 2-6 0-6 6-7. (AP)

Tomas Berdych played arguably the grand slam quarter-final of his life to end the longest losing streak on the ATP Tour with a 6-2 6-0 7-6(5) victory over Rafa Nadal and advance to the Australian Open semi-finals on Tuesday.

Berdych, who beat the virtually unstoppable and then six-times champion Roger Federer in the Wimbledon quarter-finals in 2010, had not beaten Nadal in 17 successive matches, tied for the record as the longest losing streak to another player.

The seventh-seed started like a runaway train against the 14-times grand slam champion forcing him deep behind the baseline and painting the tramlines as every shot he went for seemingly came off.

Berdych won the opening set for the first time in a run of seven matches against Nadal, then swept through the second in 25 minutes and despite a third set fightback by the Spaniard, the damage was done and the Czech moved into a semi-final against either Andy Murray or Nick Kyrgios.

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