Berdych vs. Federer
|Date & Time||Friday July 14, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych meet in the semifinals of the 2017 Wimbledon.
Roger Federer is coming off a straight sets win over Milos Raonic that took 31 games to decide. In the victory, Federer won 90 percent of his first serve points and 54 percent of his second serve points. Federer still has yet to drop a set this tournament and is coming off a match in which he lost just six of 61 first serve points. Federer’s serve has been extremely sharp all tournament long and it’s why he’s winning in such dominating fashion when you combine it with his known return ability and defense. Federer is damn near impossible to beat with the way he’s seeing and the fact he’s combined for 20 unforced errors in his last six sets. Federer hopes to make his fourth grand slam final since 2015 and his 11th Wimbledon final appearance of his career. Federer has lost five of his last nine grand slam semifinal appearances. Federer has won 10 straight matches on grass court.
Tomas Berdych is coming off a two sets win over Novak Djokovic that took 15 games to decide. In the victory, Berdych won 93 percent of his first serve points and 53 percent of his second serve points. Berdych had control of the first two sets and lost just two of 27 first serve points before Novak retired due to an elbow injury. Berdych is serving like the young version of himself and has been broken just twice in his last 10 sets played. If Berdych can continue to get his first serve in play, he has a chance to win this match. Berdych hopes to make his second career grand slam final appearance and first since the 2010 Wimbledon. Berdych is 1-5 in his career in grand slam semifinal appearances. Berdych has won seven of his last eight matches on grass court.
These two have played 24 times and Federer has won 18 of those meetings. The most recent match was in this years Miami Masters, a match Federer won in three sets. Federer has won the last seven matches against Berdych with his last loss coming in the 2013 Dubai Tennis Championships. This will be the fourth meeting on grass.
I said it once and I’ll say it again, Federer was my pick to win the Wimbledon before this tournament started and he’s done nothing in five matches to change my mind. Federer’s serve, return and shotmaking ability has all been on point, not to mention he’s played the fewest tennis possible to get to this point. Then you throw in the head to head numbers against Berdych, and there’s no reason to pick against Federer here.
Federer reaches another Wimbledon final.