Pay per head sportsbooks saw that Tomas Berdych became the first player through to the semi-finals of the Australian Open after defeating David Ferrer in four sets.
Berdych lost seven of his last 11 matches against the No 3 seed, but after a dominant start, the Czech player never looked back.
The seventh seed was able to control the play, winning the first two sets, and pay per head sportsbooks saw that even though Ferrer threatened to make a comeback by winning the third, in three hours and four minutes Berdych sealed a 6-1 6-4 2-6 6-4 win.
Ferrer was broken five times by Berdych, shooting 10 aces and 43 winners in the process. The 28-year-old made too many unforced errors – 62 in total – but Ferrer could not take his chances.
The reward that Berdych got for a first-ever victory on Rod Laver Arena is a last-four meeting with Stanislas Wawrinka, who later on Tuesday shocked defending champion Novak Djokovic in a five-setter, and pay per head sportsbooks can’t wait to see what will happen in this match.
“It feels great. It’s really a great feeling,” Berdych said.
“There were some special moments which went well together in this match: making it for the first time here in the Aussie Open to the semis, winning my first match on Rod Laver after all those years. I’m extremely happy to go through.
Berdych started with confidence, and in half an hour he was able to mow through the first set before clinching the decisive break at 4-4 in the second with a very strong backhand before serving out the set with an ace.
Price per head services saw that the player did have his serve broken for the first time after 60 consecutive holds in the tournament as the Spaniard, in his third semi-final in the Australian Open, hit back and won the third set with the Czech player making plenty of unforced errors.
As the match entered a fourth set, Ferrer appeared to be getting on top of Berdych.
But in the fifth game, the 28-year-old broke Ferrer’s serve and with a massive serve he served out for the match.
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With the victory, Berdych turned into the first Czech player to make it to the last four in Melbourne since Jiri Novak did it in 2002, and pay per head sportsbooks were delighted to see what he was able to accomplish.