Berdych ends Federer run

Tennis : Sony Ericsson Open: Roddick fights past Becker to enter quarters; Venus in semifinals

Berdych ends Federer run

Surprise: Tomas Berdych celebrates after his win over Roger Federer in Miami on Tuesday. AFP

The 16-times Grand Slam champion had beaten Berdych in eight of their previous nine encounters but paid the penalty for an error-strewn display in which the Swiss top seed could only convert two of 12 break point opportunities.  Federer's defeat means the top three men's seeds have all been knocked out after Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Britain's Andy Murray both suffered shock defeats earlier in the tournament.

"It was a tough match. Look, it's no secret I've struggled the last, what is it, five matches I've played here in the states," Federer said.  "It's disappointing, I think, my performance overall, if I've got to analyse right now after the match, but I fought as much as I could with my game having issues at the moment.

"Definitely lacking timing. I don't know where that comes from because I played so nicely in Australia. Maybe the sickness (a lung infection in February) did take it out of me more than I thought." 

Berdych cautioned against getting too carried away with one of the best wins of his career.

Sluggish start
Earlier, world number eight Andy Roddick needed to overcome a sluggish start to book his ticket to the quarterfinals while Rafael Nadal also advanced after being tested early in his match.

Roddick, fresh from finishing runner-up at Indian Wells, beat Germany's Benjamin Becker 7-6, 6-3 while Nadal brushed past Spanish compatriot and Davis Cup team-mate David Ferrer 7-6, 6-4.

The big-serving American fell behind 4-1, 0-40 in the first set but rallied back against Becker. After breaking to get to 4-3, Roddick served a 134 mph (214kph) ace as he tied it 5-5.

It was downhill from there for the unseeded Becker as Roddick won the tiebreak 7-4 before easing through the second set.

Roddick will face Spain's Nicolas Almagro in Wednesday's quarter-final and could possibly face Nadal in the semifinals.

World number four Nadal is now the highest-ranked player left in the tournament after he held off Ferrer in just under two hours as the Spaniards gave the crowd a stirring spectacle.

After edging a tight opening set, Nadal squandered a 3-0 lead in the second set before breaking Ferrer in the 10th game to seal match, improving his record to 9-3 against his friend with his fourth straight victory.

American Mardy Fish retired when trailing 6-1, 1-0 against Russia's Mikhail Youzhny after injuring his sciatic nerve during the first set, while Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga advanced after beating Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-2, 6-2.

On the women's side, third seed Venus Williams won her 14th successive match after beating Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3, 6-1 in their quarterfinal match.

DH Newsletter Privacy Policy Get the top news in your inbox
GET IT
Comments (+)