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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Roger Federer delivered a master class as he swept into the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open with a ruthless 6-4 6-0 demolition of Czech Tomas Berdych yesterday.

Roger Federer delivered a master class as he swept into the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open with a ruthless 6-4 6-0 demolition of Czech Tomas Berdych yesterday.

Bidding for a record fifth title at the ATP Masters 1000 event, the Swiss world number two broke his opponent once in the first set and three times in the second to seal victory in just 68 minutes at a sun-bathed Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Federer will next meet either Spanish left-hander Rafa Nadal or big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic.

"It was great," a beaming Federer said courtside after improving his career record against Berdych to 13-6. "I was really able to put the pressure on Tomas from the baseline.

"I had the upper hand and I definitely think he didn't have his best serving day. The statistics showed he had a few double faults and not a high enough first-serve percentage. I was able to control the match."

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