Tennis: Federer steams into Indian Wells semi-finals

INDIAN WELLS, United States (AFP) - World No. 2 Roger Federer ousted ninth-seeded Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-0 to book his spot in the semi-finals of the Indian Wells ATP Masters on Friday.

Federer remains on course for an unprecedented fifth Indian Wells title as he set up a clash with the winner of the Friday's other quarter-final between Rafael Nadal and Milos Raonic.

Federer said it was nice to get a quick match out of the say so he will be better rested for Saturday's semi-final.

"To get a match like this against a top guy gives you confidence," he said.

If Nadal beats Raonic it will be the first time since the 2012 Australian Open that the foursome of Federer, Nadal, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic have reached the semi-finals of the same tournament.

Federer, who is making his 14th appearance in Indian Wells, won here in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2012.

Federer has now lost just 22 games in four matches.

Federer stormed through the second set against Berdych in just 28 minutes, clinching the win when the Czech sent a backhand return long on the first match point.

"In the second set I made a few changes and it started to work better," Federer said.

Federer had just one ace but he only lost three points (23/26) on his first serve in the 68-minute match.

Berdych made five double faults and won just 38 per cent of his second-serve points.

Fededer is now 13-6 lifetime against Berdych.