Berdych vs. Djokovic
|Date & Time||Wednesday July 12, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Novak Djokovic and Tomas Berdych meet in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Wimbledon.
Novak Djokovic is coming off a straight sets win over Adrian Mannarino that took 31 games to decide. In the victory, Djokovic won 71 percent of his first serve points and 67 percent of his second serve points. Djokovic still has yet to drop a set on grass court this season and is coming off a match in which he got 71 percent of his first serves in play. Djokovic has been broken just twice this tournament and is winning no less than 42 percent of his return points. The only question with Djokovic is can he put together a complete match on such a quick turnaround. Djokovic hopes to make the semifinals of a grand slam for the 11th time since 2014. Djokovic also hopes to make his eighth career Wimbledon semifinal appearance. Djokovic has won eight straight matches on grass court.
Tomas Berdych is coming off a five sets win over Dominic Thiem that took 49 games to decide. In the victory, Berdych won 83 percent of his first serve points and 50 percent of his second serve points. Berdych has won no less than 83 percent of his first serves this tournament and is coming off a five setter in which he had just 19 unforced errors. Berdych is hitting the ball extremely well and has been broken just three times in his last 16 sets. Berdych hopes to make his seventh career grand slam semifinal and third in the Wimbledon. Overall, Berdych has made the semifinals of a grand slam three times since 2013. Berdych has won six of his last seven matches on grass court.
These two have played 27 times in the past and Djokovic has won 25 of those meetings. The most recent match was in the 2016 Canadian Masters, a match Djokovic won in straight sets. Berdych’s last win over Djokovic came in the 2013 Rome Masters.
Berdych in this form is tough as it is, but he’s an even tougher out when you factor in the rest advantage he has over Djokovic. Novak has to play back-to-back matches, while Berdych had Tuesday off. Tough ask of Djokovic. Either way, I’m still siding with Novak because of the massive head to head advantage. When a guy beats you 25 out of 27 times, it means your game doesn’t give him many issues.
I like Djokovic to advance to the semifinals.