Roger Federer fights off match points to tame Tomas Berdych at Miami Masters

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Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki rolled through the first few matches of the Miami Open, never facing any significant challenges.

That changed Thursday, and both survived.

The fourth-seeded Federer fought off two match points before beating No10 Tomas Berdych 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (6) in a quarterfinal matchup. Wozniacki rallied with far less drama, the No12 seed topping second-seeded Karolina Pliskova 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 to reach the final at Key Biscayne for the first time in her 10 appearances at the tournament.

“I’m happy today to have come through somehow,” Federer said. “I definitely got very lucky at the end. But I think I showed great heart today, Tomas really started to step it up and it was a great match at the end.”

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