Federer’s said Nadal’s retirement in the fifth set had played on his mind. AFP / Paul Crock
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A momentary loss of Roger Federer's trademark cool enlivened an otherwise routine victory by the defending champion over Tomas Berdych as the Swiss player moved into the Australian Open semifinals Wednesday.Federer had dropped only two sets in his previous eight matches against Berdych but came desperately close to losing the opener on Rod Laver Arena when the 32-year-old served at 5-3, having secured an early break.Federer thought that a serve was out despite no call and immediately challenged.After the first-set dramas it was routine with Federer breaking decisively for 5-3 with an easy backhand winner after Berdych's half volley sat up begging.Berdych could have thrown in the towel when he fell behind in the third set, but kept Federer on his toes by breaking back.
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