Roger Federer’s run at the Miami Open was one point from ending. Down 6-4 in a third-set tiebreaker to Tomas Berdych, the situation was officially dire. Yet even in that moment, Federer still felt some hope.
“I had belief I could turn it around, even then,” he said.
Somehow, he was right, and his stellar start to 2017 continued. The fourth-seeded Federer fought off those two match points and beat the 10th-seeded Berdych 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (6) in a quarterfinal matchup, avenging a third-set tiebreak loss to Berdych at Key Biscayne seven years ago in a match that he still thinks he should have won.