Sunday, January 25, 2009. (AP) -- Roger Federer has reached the quarterfinals of the Australia Open -- but it wasn't easy.
For two sets it looked as if Federer's run at a record 14th Grand Slam title was going to be derailed by Tomas Berdych.
Then the 6-foot-5 Czech had a meltdown, and Federer swooped, recovering for a 4-6, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 victory. It's only his fourth career comeback from two sets down.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia has reached the Australian Open quarterfinals by beating 2006 runner-up Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus.
Djokovic ran off the first five games Sunday while putting together a 6-1, 7-6 (1), 6-7 (5), 6-2 victory. He will face American Andy Roddick next.
The atmosphere was more like a soccer match, with large contingents from Melbourne's Greek and Serbian communities loudly cheering between points. The players got a late start and didn't finish until 2:26 a.m. Monday local time.
Women's No. 1 Jelena Jankovic had already gone down in straight sets to 2007 Wimbledon finalist Marion Bartoli in the day's first match at Rod Laver Arena. No. 3 Dinara Safina had a narrow escape in the subsequent match, saving match points before fending off another French woman, Alize Cornet, in three.
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