Berdych vs. Wawrinka: Australian Open 2014 Live Score, Highlights, Analysis

Carol Schram@pool88Featured ColumnistJanuary 23, 2014

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 21:  Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland plays a forehand in his quarterfinal match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 21, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
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Stanislav Wawrinka followed up a five-set quarterfinal win over defending champ Novak Djokovic with a determined victory over Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in the first of two men's semifinals at the 2014 Australian Open.

Appearing in his second consecutive Grand Slam semifinal, Wawrinka was able to prevail in a few key moments during a closely-fought match that featured just one service break and, thus, three tiebreaks in four sets.

In a night that featured splendid serving on both sides, Berdych faltered in the last two tiebreaks, letting Wawrinka swoop in to grab his first-ever place in a Grand Slam final.

At Rod Laver Arena on Sunday, Wawrinka will meet the winner of Friday's match between top-seed Rafael Nadal and his Swiss countryman Roger Federer.

Stanislas Wawrinka (8) defeats Tomas Berdych (7) in four sets: 6-3, 6-7(1), 7-6(3), 7-6(4) to advance to the Australian Open final on Sunday.