Australian Open: Berdych v Wawrinka as it happened

Live text commentary of the Australian Open semi-final - Stanislas Wawrinka beats Tomas Berdych 6-3 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-4)

23 January 2014 Last updated at 07:59

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  1. 1228: 

    Wawrinka has done his bit, can his countryman Federer follow suit to make it an all-Swiss final in Melbourne? You'll have to join me tomorrow to find out.

    Our live text commentary will be up and running at 0730 GMT. BBC Two will screen it, too, from 0815 GMT with the match scheduled to start at 0830. Rafael Nadal v Roger Federer. What a prospect. Until tomorrow, it's goodbye from me.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    "As the Rod Laver Arena crowd head for the safety of the bars, away from the giant moths smacking into everyone and everything, there's a contented buzz at seeing Wawrinka reach a first major final. The "Aussie Stan" shouts carry a bit of truth as the Swiss player has really become a favourite here over the last two years, thanks mainly to two five-set epics with Novak Djokovic. Whether he can top off his best fortnight ever by toppling a true legend in the final remains to be seen, but he's the one man outside the serial Slam winners who's really making a move."

  3. 1224: 

    What are Wawrinka's chances against Nadal or Federer? Well the Swiss 28-year-old has never beaten Nadal in 12 attempts or even taken a set off him.

    Against Federer, his record is only slightly better with one win in 14 attempts (on clay in 2009). Federer has won the last 11 matches, including a straight-sets win at the Australian Open quarter-finals three years ago.

  4. 1221: 

    When asked what he though his young daughter would think of his progress to the final in Melbourne, Wawrinka smiled and said: "She wants me to lose, because when I lose I can go home. She doesn't yet realise what it means to win. I'm sorry but I have to stay a few more days!"

  5. 1219: 

    Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will contest the second semi-final tomorrow. If Federer wins, it will set up the first all-Swiss final in history.

    "It would be amazing," said Wawrinka of the prospect. "Roger is the best player ever. He text me last night. He is happy it is the first time two Swiss guys are in the semi-finals. I told him for you it's normal, for me it's not normal.

    "I'm going to watch the match tomorrow with some popcorn. I have two days to enjoy this win and then get ready for my first final."

  6. 1216: 
    Stanislas Wawrinka

    Wawrinka added: "I think I play aggressively. It's important against Tomas to take advantage as soon as you can. I was serving well and trying to be aggressive. He's a good player and tough to beat so for myself, I focused on what I was doing."

  7. 1214: 

    Wawrinka looks pretty emotional as he speaks to interview Jim Courier. "I'm speechless," he said. "It's amazing, I'm so happy to be here and to make my first Grand Slam final here. I'm working hard every day. I didn't expect to make a final in a Grand Slam, and tonight it's happening. I'm just really happy."

  8. 1211: 

    Wawrinka, who punches the air in celebration, is only the second Swiss man to reach a Grand Slam final after Roger Federer, who has 24 final appearances. The only other Swiss player to reach a Grand Slam final is Martina Hingis, who made 12.

    GAME, SET AND MATCH- Berdych 3-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-7 (3-7) 6-7 (4-7) Wawrinka
    Stanislas Wawrinka

    Ace number 18 puts Wawrinka within two points of the Australian Open final. Berdych wins the next point with a inside out forehand that Wawrinka can't return in court for 5-3. A sloppy backhand from Berdych goes long to bring up three match points for Wawrinka. A double fault sees the first one go wanting, but he is not to be denied on the second. Wawrinka is through to his first Grand Slam final in 36 attempts.

    TIE-BREAK UPDATE- Berdych 3-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-7 (3-7) 6-6 Wawrinka

    Brilliant passing shot from Wawrinka gifts him the mini-break on the first point. The Swiss goes on the attack with his first serve and follows it up with a brilliant forehand which Berdych can't keep in court. He then opens up a 3-0 lead as Berdych sends a backhand agonisingly long.

    The Czech finally gets a point on the board, but his serve then lets him down as he double faults. Again. Berdych gives himself hope with the final point before the changeover with Wawrinka leading 4-2.

    TIE-BREAK- *Berdych 3-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-7 (3-7) 6-6 Wawrinka

    Excellent defence from Wawrinka, who withstands a barrage of forehands from Berdych to move 30-15 clear. Berdych whips up a bit of magic with a tasty backhand winner to level it up before Wawrinka takes on an ambitious forehand down the line - and makes it - to bring up game point. A brilliant serve out wide forces a third tie-break.

    Berdych 3-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-7 (3-7) 6-5 Wawrinka*

    Wawrinka has a natter with the umpire as he is annoyed that he stopped a point mid-serve because people in the crowd were shouting out. Wawrinka's argument was that both he and Berdych were ready, so it shouldn't matter. Nevertheless, they replay the point, and as a joke, Wawrinka pulls up and just asks to stop for a moment, before settling back down. Good to see a bit of banter between them. It doesn't help the Swiss' concentration, though, as he loses the game to love.

    *Berdych 3-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-7 (3-7) 5-5 Wawrinka

    Berdych can't make any impact on the Wawrinka serve as the Swiss holds to 15. We're level again.

    Berdych 3-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-7 (3-7) 5-4 Wawrinka*

    Another game goes whizzing by, Berdych holding to 15 to make Wawrinka serve to stay in the set. Are we heading for a third tie-break? Could Berdych make a shock break for the first time in the match? Will Wawrinka rattle off three games to win the match? This is finely poised, folks.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    "Umpire John Blom, who took charge of last year's men's final, has had a few mildly contentious calls to make today. I had a chat with him the other day, nice man, although very discreet and fair-minded when asked which players were a nightmare. Which was a bit annoying."

    *Berdych 3-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-7 (3-7) 4-4 Wawrinka

    Wawrinka eases to another easy service hold and we're back level in this set at 4-4.

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    James Hughes: It's clear @stanwawrinka is having a blinder of a tournament! He'll beat @tomasberdych from here and make the final!

    Berdych 3-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-7 (3-7) 4-3 Wawrinka*

    Wawrinka can't make any inroads on the Berdych first serve at the moment, and is even standing back on the second serve and just punching it back. As a result, the Czech player comes through for the loss of just one point.

    *Berdych 3-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-7 (3-7) 3-3 Wawrinka
    Stanislas Wawrinka's fans

    Wawrinka looks happy to trade shots in the rallies before he suddenly, out of the blue, adds a bunch of extra pace to a forehand and reduces the angle to hit a winner. Once again, Berdych pushes the Swiss to 40-30, but Wawrinka holds on. Both players refusing to give in with the prize of a Grand Slam final on offer.

    Berdych 3-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-7 (3-7) 3-2 Wawrinka*

    To give you an idea of how close this match is, let's take a look at the stats. Berdych has hit 52 winners, just three more than Wawrinka. In terms of unforced errors the Czech has 40, to Wawrinka's 41 and on the aces count, Berdych leads 20-16. The difference comes on double faults, where Berdych has leaked six to Wawrinka's one.

    On court, Wawrinka forces 30-30 on the Berdych serve, before the Czech fires down an ace and follows it up with a big forehand winner.

    *Berdych 3-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-7 (3-7) 2-2 Wawrinka

    Wawrinka shows that he's not all about big hitting with a delicate drop shot followed up with a regulation forehand volley to put the ball away. A deep forehand down the line brings up three game points and he takes the first with his 16th ace of the match.

    Berdych 3-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-7 (3-7) 2-1 Wawrinka*
    Tomas Berdych's coaching team with girlfriend Ester Satorova (back right)

    It's much smoother for Berdych this time on his serve as he coasts through for the loss of just a single point.

    *Berdych 3-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-7 (3-7) 1-1 Wawrinka

    Wawrinka makes good use of the new balls to win his first service game of the third set in a game which lasts just a third of the time of the last one.

    Russell Fuller, BBC tennis correspondent on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "How ironic that after some ferociously good serving, two double faults should cost Berdych the tie-break. Momentum had been swinging the Czech player's way, but the odds on an all Swiss final have just jumped up a notch. I wonder if Fed is high fiving Mirka in celebration, as he did when Wawrinka beat Djokovic in the quarter-final?"

    Berdych 3-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-7 (3-7) 1-0 Wawrinka*

    Wawrinka is sniffing around for a break point here with some clinical hitting and he is rewarded with one at 30-40. A big serve saves Berdych, but then it lets him down when he throws in a fifth double fault.

    His faltering serve comes back to life and we're at deuce. Three more deuces follow before Berdych finally strings two points together to take the game. Just the 16 minutes for that game. Yes, 16.

    GAME AND THIRD SET- Berdych 3-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-7 (3-7) Wawrinka
    Stanislas Wawrinka

    Berdych holds his next serve, but then Wawrinka wins his two service points to set up set point. And to the Swiss' delight, he takes it as Berdych double faults for the fourth time in the match. Wawrinka is now just one set away from his first Grand Slam final.

    TIE-BREAK UPDATE- Berdych 3-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-6 Wawrinka

    It's Wawrinka who starts the stronger, securing the early mini-break to lead 3-1, but a tasty Berdych forehand hits the corner, and while Wawrinka gets it back and crosses court to catch a smash, he dumps it in the net. No sweat, though, as Wawrinka opens up another two-point lead at 4-2 going into the changeover as Berdych double faults.

    TIE-BREAK- Berdych 3-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-6 Wawrinka*

    Berdych looks like he's coasting before Wawrinka unleashes an awesome backhand winner down the line to make it 40-30. The Czech is unmoved, though, and smashes down an ace to set up another tie-break.

    *Berdych 3-6 7-6 (7-1) 5-6 Wawrinka

    For the first time in the match, Berdych finds himself with 0-30 on the Wawrinka serve but the opportunity to heap more pressure on goes wanting as he first sends a forehand sailing out and then can do nothing about two aces. Wawrinka holds with another booming serve which Berdych can only dump in the net.

    Berdych 3-6 7-6 (7-1) 5-5 Wawrinka*

    Berdych puts the disappointment of the missed break point opportunity behind him with a comfortable service hold. We're heading towards another tie-break folks...

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    "There's absolutely nothing in this - a few more winners from Wawrinka, but a few more unforced errors too; Berdych struggling a bit more on second serve, but with more points overall. And spare a thought for the plucky Melbourne ball kids, who, when not removing presumably lethal insects the size of a frisbee from the court, are having their catching skills mocked by 17,000 people. And they have to wear those hats."

    *Berdych 3-6 7-6 (7-1) 4-5 Wawrinka

    Just over two hours into this match and Berdych finally gets his first break point of the match. Unfortunately, he shanks his backhand return way out of court. Wawrinka then rattles off the next two points and let's out a "come on!" Gutsy save there by the Swiss 28-year-old.

    Berdych 3-6 7-6 (7-1) 4-4 Wawrinka*
    Stanislas Wawrinka (left) and Tomas Berdych

    This certainly isn't a game for the purists, with big serving and heavy hitting dominating the points. It's another love service game for Berdych, the Czech latching on to a short ball to whip cross-court for a clean winner.

    *Berdych 3-6 7-6 (7-1) 3-4 Wawrinka

    A line judge takes a hit to the head as a ball is returned from the expensive seats. Luckily, they look OK and we're as you were on court as Wawrinka races through his service game to love.

    Berdych 3-6 7-6 (7-1) 3-3 Wawrinka*

    Wawrinka carves out an early opening to go 0-15 up, but Berdych hits back with four straight points to level things up.

    *Berdych 3-6 7-6 (7-1) 2-3 Wawrinka

    Wawrinka races to 40-0 before throwing in his first double fault of the match. A poor forehand makes it 40-30, but the Swiss latches on to a loose return to seal the game.

    Berdych 3-6 7-6 (7-1) 2-2 Wawrinka*

    That's 12 straight points on serve as Berdych clinches another love service game. We're racing through this set.

    *Berdych 3-6 7-6 (7-1) 2-1 Wawrinka
    Stansilas Wawrinka

    Wawrinka follows that up with a love service game of his own before the new balls are introduced.

    Berdych 3-6 7-6 (7-1) 1-1 Wawrinka*

    The serve continues to dominate this match with Berdych racing through another service game to love.

    *Berdych 3-6 7-6 (7-1) 0-1 Wawrinka

    Wawrinka puts the misery of the second set tie-break behind him with a comfortable service hold.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    "The birds that circle Rod Laver Arena began screeching ominously during the tie-break - maybe they're Wawrinka fans too. Their man lost his first serve for five minutes and Berdych climbed all over what was left, hitting deep and to the corners with groundstrokes that might not be as pretty as his opponent's, but can be as effective. In 13 previous meetings there had been only four straight-sets results, so a lengthy contest was always on the cards."

    GAME AND SECOND SET- Berdych 3-6 7-6 (7-1) Wawrinka
    Tomas Berdych

    The errors are flying off the Wawrinka racquet, with Berdych opening up a huge 5-1 lead at the changeover in the tie-break. Another error gives Berdych set point and he takes it as Wawrinka tamely sends his return into the net. The Swiss returns to his chair looking despondent, while his opponent looks rejuvenated as he clenches his fist and sends a shooting "I can do this" stare towards his box.

    TIE-BREAK- *Berdych 3-6 6-6 Wawrinka

    An aggressive return from Berdych is followed up by a crunching cross-court forehand winner to opener up a small window of opportunity. Wawrinka hits back in the next two points, but soon finds himself at 30-30 after a bold foray to the net from Berdych. The Czech slips on the next point to gift Wawrinka game point and he forces a tie-break with an ace.

    Berdych 3-6 6-5 Wawrinka*

    Berdych makes this serving lark look easy as he races through his service game to make Wawrinka serve to stay in the set or force a tie-break.

    *Berdych 3-6 5-5 Wawrinka

    "Go on Stan!" comes the cries from the crowd as Wawrinka fires down three successive aces to move 40-0 clear. Can he get a fourth? The first serve drifts long. He goes for it on the second, but Berdych just manages to get it back and the Swiss than fires into the tramlines. Wawrinka doesn't flinch and seals the game on the next point.

    Berdych 3-6 5-4 Wawrinka*
    Rod Laver Arena during the semi-final

    It's a super quick love service game from Berdych which means Wawrinka will now serve to stay in the second set. Can the Czech put some pressure on Wawrinka and muster up his first break point of the match?

    *Berdych 3-6 4-4 Wawrinka

    Wawrinka races through a service game to 15 to keep the pressure firmly on Berdych as we approach the business end of the set.

    Berdych 3-6 4-3 Wawrinka*

    It's Berdych who is under pressure on serve now, the Czech player turning down the opportunity to go for a big forehand down the line and paying for it as Wawrinka hits a forehand winner and then brings up break point with a lovely angles cross-court forehand winner. Berdych hits back with a big serve, takes the next with a clean volley and then heads for the chair when a Wawrinka backhand goes long. Good save.

    *Berdych 3-6 3-3 Wawrinka

    Wawrinka is looking the more confident of the two players, despite the incessant pressure from Berdych on his serve. The Swiss comes through another tight game to level things up again in this set.

    Berdych 3-6 3-2 Wawrinka*
    Tomas Berdych

    Wawrinka puts some pressure on the Berdych serve for the first time in the set, and gives himself a chance at 40-30 with a brilliant backhand winner. However, Berdych shuts down the threat, rushing to the net and putting away a forehand volley.

    *Berdych 3-6 2-2 Wawrinka

    Wawrinka once again finds himself under pressure on serve, with Berdych sniffing another chance for his first break point of the match. The Swiss, though, fights back with a crunching forehand winner and then closes the game out with an ace.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    "'Come on Stanimal!' There's not much doubt who most of the crowd are behind on Rod Laver Arena tonight, the Swiss number two's shot-making having won him a lot of fans here over the last couple of years. Team Berdych, with even girlfriend Ester Satorova decked out in blue and white stripes, look a bit forlorn. They've also taken the Stefan Edberg approach of using towels to cover the cameras brazenly placed at the front of the player boxes to capture every grimace."

    Berdych 3-6 2-1 Wawrinka*

    Berdych motors through another service game to 15, increasing his ace count to 11.

    Russell Fuller, BBC tennis correspondent on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "As expected, there wasn't much between the two players in the first set, so any mistakes will be magnified. That was a very poor smash by Berdych to concede the break of serve, and Wawrinka will be difficult to stop if he gets on a roll in this second set. Qualifying for the World Tour Finals last season did wonders for his confidence, and he's unbeaten in 2014 after winning in Chennai earlier in the month."

    *Berdych 3-6 1-1 Wawrinka
    Tomas Berdych and his model girlfriend Ester Satorova

    Berdych, who warmed up for this match by hanging out with Millie the Barking Owl - and his model girlfriend Ester Satorova - in the Players Cafe in Melbourne, appears to be loosening up after losing the first set. The Czech unleashes a couple of huge forehands that see him force Wawrinka to deuce. The Swiss, however, holds his nerve to come through another tough service game.

    Berdych 3-6 1-0 Wawrinka*

    It's a good start to the second set for seventh seed Berdych, who closes out the game with two aces.

    GAME AND FIRST SET- *Berdych 3-6 Wawrinka

    Wawrinka cruises to 30-0 before being hauled back to 30-30. A big serve brings up set point and the Swiss then looks on as Berdych sends a backhand sailing long to gift his opponent the opener.

    Wawrinka breaks- Berdych 3-5 Wawrinka*
    Stanislas Wawrinka

    Berdych has looked the more comfortable on his serve so far in this match, but it is the Czech who breaks down first and offers up the first break points of the match. Wawrinka is gifted it on the first as a nervy Berdych dumps a smash into the net. All of a sudden, the Swiss finds himself with a chance to take the first set.

    *Berdych 3-4 Wawrinka

    Wawrinka races to a 40-15 lead and despite a backhand error on the next point, he clinches the game with his second ace of the match.

    Berdych 3-3 Wawrinka*

    Apart from that third game, neither player is really making much of an impression on the other's serve at the moment. It's another easy hold for Berdych.

    *Berdych 2-3 Wawrinka

    Wawrinka once again finds himself at 40-0 up on serve and this time he makes no mistake, closing out the game with a punishing forehand winner down the line.

    Berdych 2-2 Wawrinka*

    Wawrinka carves out an opening with a venomous backhand cross-court winner at 0-15, but Berdych holds his nerve and digs himself out of a hole at 30-30 with some big, brutal serving.

    *Berdych 1-2 Wawrinka

    Wawrinka races to a 40-0 lead on his serve, the Swiss taking some inspiration from his compatriot Roger Federer with a couple of forays to the net. Three sloppy errors see him hauled back to deuce, but a Berdych error followed by an ace fends off the early danger.

    Berdych 1-1 Wawrinka*

    It's a solid opener for Berdych, too, the Czech closing out the game to 15 with his first ace of the match.

    *Berdych 0-1 Wawrinka

    It's a nice and easy opening service game for Wawrinka, the Swiss' first serve firing nicely as he cruises through for the loss of just one point.

  66. 0830: 

    There's just time for a quick sit down and a sip of drink before we get this Australian Open semi-final under way. Let's. Do. This.

  67. 0828: 
    Stanislas Wawrinka and Tomas Berdych

    Wawrinka wins the toss and has chosen to serve. The Swiss has gone for a pair of red shorts - like his opponent Berdych - along with a white shirt. On the other side of the net, Berdych has chosen to stick with his distinctive white and blue stripe top.

  68. 0823: 

    Berdych has had a relatively smooth path through to the semi-finals, dropping just one set and spending 10 hours 19 minutes on court. That's only four minutes more than Wawrinka, despite the Swiss receiving a walkover in his third-round match and his first-round opponent retiring.

  69. 0819: 

    Wawrinka leads the head-to-head 8-5, with the Swiss player winning the last three encounters, including a four-set victory in the fourth round of last year's US Open.

  70. 0814: 

    Both players have just had a hit on the practice courts and are now beginning their final preparations for this semi-final. We can expect the players on court around 0830 GMT.


    Four-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic: On my way back to Europe. Excited for the rest of the season. Congratulations to @stanwawrinka for a great match. Love you Australia.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    "It's been another beautiful day in Melbourne, you'll be delighted to hear, and as is often the case in this most unpredictable of climates, the temperature is still rising at 7pm local time. After spending most of the day at 25C, we are now enjoying 28C as we head into the evening.

    "One man who will apparently be indoors in front of the TV is Roger Federer, who is on course to meet his friend Stan in an all-Swiss final. "The moment you start thinking about that, we're taking the same flight home," said the 17-time Grand Slam champion. "I'm worried about my match [against Rafael Nadal] clearly, but I'll definitely watch his first. Hopefully he can make it. Then he can put the pressure on me that way. It's a great problem to have."

  73. 0809: 
    Tomas Berdych

    Berdych shouldn't be discounted, though. He has reached a Grand Slam final, after all. That came in 2010 at Wimbledon. And by reaching the last four in Melbourne, the 28-year-old completed a set of Grand Slam semi-final appearances, following his four-set victory over third seed David Ferrer - so he's no slouch.

  74. 0806: 

    The stakes are high for Wawrinka as the 28-year-old stands on the brink of his first Grand Slam final. Should he do so, he will become just the second Swiss man to achieve the feat, after a certain Roger Federer.

    Should the eighth seed triumph, and Federer lose against Rafael Nadal tomorrow, he will become the new Swiss number one, knocking his compatriot off the top spot for the first time since 2001.

  75. 0803: 

    Morning everybody and welcome to live text commentary of the first men's semi-final at this year's Australian Open. Many of you may have expected to see the names Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer on the order of play for this match. However, Stanislas Wawrinka and Tomas Berdych thought otherwise.

    Victory for either would move them just one win away from their maiden Grand Slam triumph - with either Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal standing in their way.

  76. 0800: 
    Stanislas Wawrinka

    When Stanislas Wawrinka completed his epic five-set victory over four-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic in the previous round, his first thought wasn't to have a lie down in a dark room, nor was it to go out and celebrate.

    He had eyes only on one thing. "I'm going to have an ice bath for a very long time," he said. It spoke volumes about the Swiss' desire. Victory over the defending champion was impressive and demonstrated just how far he has come of late - but he was already focused on the next challenge.

    In this case, that's a semi-final against Tomas Berdych.

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