Tomas Berdych ended a 17-match losing streak to shock an out-of-sorts third seed Rafael Nadal in straight sets to reach the semi-finals at the Australian Open on Tuesday.

The Czech won three of his first four meetings with the 14-time Grand Slam champion but had not tasted victory over the Spaniard since 2006, his 17 straight defeats equalling a record in the open era.

The seventh seed came through in straight sets 6-2 6-0 7-6 (7-5) and will face either Britain’s Andy Murray or Australian Nick Krygios for a place in the final.


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