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Roger Federer not counting chickens against 'Birdman'
Published :Tuesday, 26 January, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 17

Melbourne, Jan 25: Roger Federer will be casting wary glances at his Australian Open quarter-final opponent Tomas Berdych, who is riding a wave of confidence and has a score to settle at Melbourne Park.
In 2009, Berdych was two sets up against Federer in the fourth round and heading to victory, but he handed over a break at a crucial point in the third set when he swept an unmissable volley into the net.
It was a moment that shifted momentum firmly to the Swiss star, who didn't need another invitation as he galloped past the dispirited Czech, nicknamed 'Birdman', en route to the final.
On Tuesday, a cooler and vastly more experienced Berdych, 30, won't be handing any more gifts to Federer as he seeks to build on his achievement in reaching the last two Australian Open semi-finals.
"It's Roger, so it's always going to be a huge challenge to play him. It's the quarter-final of a Slam," Berdych said. "Yeah, I like it. I like my chances. I'm just looking forward to that match."
The world number six reached the semi-finals in Qatar in his warm-up tournament before losing to Novak Djokovic, giving him a 6-1 win-loss record so far this year.    ?AFP







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