After some problems with the rain which caused for some matches to be postponed and after Gilles Muller and Rafael Nadal had a marathon match, Novak Djokovic finally closed his Round of 16 stage. He is now going to encounter with Tomas Berdych in search of the semifinals. Still, we are not so sure whether this match is going to start on Wednesday or Thursday, but the fact that it will be very entertaining is inevitable.
These two players have a long history head-to-head meetings. Although that Djokovic is more successful, Berdych sees his chance because he already defeated Novak at Wimbledon several years ago. This is something that brings a certain amount of thrill in this game.
The match will officially take place this Wednesday at Court No.1, which doesn’t have a roof. It might be some changes regarding the exact start of the encounter.
Tomas Berdych Preview
After several disappointing performances during this season, the player from the Czech Republic finally started reaching his game. He didn’t have some extraordinary performances at Stuttgart and Queens and he was quickly out in those tournaments. Here at Wimbledon, Berdych started playing very well. It seems that as the time goes by he is increasing his form. When we look at his draw, we have to say that it wasn’t an easy one. World No. 15 defeated Jeremy Chardy and Ryan Harrison in the first two rounds with the same result, 3-1. In the third round, he swept the Spanish veteran David Ferrer and in the Round of 16 eliminated Dominic Thiem. This last result was unexpected for most of the experts. In five similar sets, Berdych had more nerves and progressed to the quarter-finals. His serve is excellent, and if he continues to exploit it at the same level, the Czech will have a decent chance against Djokovic.
Novak Djokovic Preview
The Joker overcome difficulties regarding the schedule and the unwillingness of the organisers to move him on the Central Court on Monday night. Instead of having one day rest, the Serbian player needed to play. But we have to add that he quickly solved the problem called Adrian Mannarino in three sets. Djokovic is coming into the match with Tomas Berdych after eight straight victories in which he hadn’t lost a single set. After winning the tournament in Eastbourne, Djokovic continued in the same manner at the All England Club.
Klizan retired in the first round after an injury, Pavlasek was an easy target in the second. The first big test was against Ernest Gulbis, and Djokovic was confident, sweeping the Latvian player. We have to admit that he had some shoulder troubles in the match with Mannarino. After the game, the Serb said that it is something that he felt for a long time, bit it is no big deal. His return is functioning perfectly, and the movement on the court is very well so far. The only thing that could be improved is the speed of the first serve.
Head to head matches
In 27 encounter so far Djokovic won 25 of them. But one thing is very interesting. Tomas Berdych defeated Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of Wimbledon back in 2010. Novak got his revenge 3 years later which means that the record here is even. It is interesting that in last 6 games Djokovic didn’t lose a single set against Thomas Berdych.
Novak Djokovic is a huge favourite in this one. But his shoulder problems could be something which we might use. Nobody is questioning his win, but in our opinion, he is going to lose at least one set in this game. The odds of such an outcome are excellent. So we suggest playing Tomas Berdych wins with set handicap + 2.5.