Dodig vs. Berdych
|Date & Time||Monday June 27, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Tomas Berdych and Ivan Dodig square off early in the first round of the 2016 Wimbledon.
Tomas Berdych hopes to find some consistency after winning just seven of his last 13 matches and coming off a first round exit in the Gerry Weber Open. Berdych hasn’t been as consistent with his service game as you’d like and the unforced errors have piled up at times. The good news is that Berdych is still a top-10 player and one of the tougher guys to beat when his shotmaking is working at a high percentage. Berdych hopes he can turn things around in the Wimbledon, a grand slam he hasn't been great at in the past. Berdych has not lost in the first round of a grand slam since the 2013 French Open. Berdych has won 10 of his last 16 matches on grass.
Ivan Dodig has lost five of his last seven matches and will double dip in this tournament with his partner Marcelo Melo. Dodig was once a top-30 player a few years ago but has really struggled with his form recently and you have to wonder if age has anything to do with it at 31 years old. Dodig has been far more successful as a double player and has reached four titles since the 2015 season. Dodig hasn’t shown much at all as a singles player recently other than making the semifinals of the Irving Challenger. Dodig has made it out of the first round of a grand slam three times since 2014. Dodig has won 10 of his last 16 matches on grass.
These two have played once in the past, which was in the 2011 Chennai Open, a match Berdych won in 18 games. This will obviously be their first meeting on grass.
When Berdych is on, he’s one of the best players in the world and extremely consistent. We haven’t see anything from Dodig that would indicate he’s capable of pulling off the upset here.
I’ll take Berdych in straight sets.