Result: Tomas Berdych holds off David Ferrer for last-four spot at Australian Open

Tomas Berdych reaches the last four of the Australian Open for the first time by dominating David Ferrer in the quarter-finals.

Tomas Berdych has reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open for the first time by holding off a David Ferrer comeback.

Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych celebrates after victory in his men's singles match against Spain's David Ferrer on day nine at the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 21, 2014© Getty Images

The Czech dominated early on in the match and then withstood a comeback attempt by the third seed to earn a 6-1 6-4 2-6 6-4 win.

The world number seven, who wrapped up the victory over Ferrer in three hours and four minutes, will play the winner of Tuesday's late quarter-final between three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic and Stanislas Wawrinka.

Berdych clinched the match on his second match point when Ferrer's return of serve went wide. The 2010 Wimbledon finalist has now reached the last four of every major tournament, breaking a sequence of three consecutive quarter-final defeats at Melbourne Park.

Berdych has now won three of his last five matches against Ferrer, a long-time top-five contender.

Tomas Berdych celebrates after his win over Kevin Anderson in their Australian Open fourth round match on January 19, 2014
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ATP RankingsPoints
1Scotland flag Andy Murray7,750
2Spain Rafael Nadal7,555
3Switzerland Roger Federer7,145
4Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,780
5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
6Croatia Marin Cilic5,155
7Alexander Zverev4,470
8Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
9Japan Kei Nishikori3,285
10Canada Milos Raonic3,230
11Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,070
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,770
13Belgium David Goffin2,560
14Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,425
15Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,390
16United States Jack Sock2,335
17Pablo Carreno Busta2,305
18Lucas Pouille2,220
19United States John Isner2,110
20United States Sam Querrey2,060