Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic looks at a ball to return to Bernard Tomic of Australia during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
Andy Brownbill
January 25, 2015

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Tomas Berdych reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open for the fifth consecutive year with a 6-2, 7-6 (3), 6-2 win over local hope Bernard Tomic.

With his new fiancee Ester Satorova watching from the stands, the seventh-seeded Berdych hit 52 winners and broke Tomic four times to advance to a matchup with Rafael Nadal.

Berdych reached the quarters for the third straight year without dropping a set. He advanced to his first Australian Open semifinal last year, but lost to eventual champion Stan Wawrinka.

Nadal has an 18-3 record over Berdych and hasn't lost to the Czech player since 2006.

Berdych said, ''I'm going to try to fight to the last point and bring something extra from myself.''

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