Vesely vs. Berdych
|Date & Time||Tuesday July 5, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line -- Over/Under:
Tomas Berdych and Jiri Vesely square off early in the fourth round of the 2016 Wimbledon.
Tomas Berdych is coming off a four set win over Alexander Zverev that took over two and a half hours. In the victory, Berdych won 48 of 63 of his first serve points and racked up 44 winners and 34 unforced errors. Berdych has cruised through this tournament up to this point and has won no less than 76 percent of his first serve points. When Berdych is dominating his service game the way he is and hitting his spots, he can beat anybody in the world. Berdych has 77 winners and 26 aces in his last two matches. Berdych hopes to make the quarterfinals of a grand slam for a third straight time. Berdych has won six of his last eight matches on grass.
Jiri Vesely is coming off a straight sets win over Joao Sousa that took an hour and a half. In the victory, Vesely won 38 of 46 first serve points and racked up 32 winners and 18 unforced errors. Vesely is a guy who is gaining a ton of confidence and has produced 69 winners and 26 aces in his last two matches. Vesely is covering a lot of ground out there and has a shot to make this his breakthrough grand slam appearance at 22 years old. Vesely has two career wins over top-10 players, both coming this season. This will be Vesely’s first career grand slam fourth round appearance. Vesely has won five of his last seven matches on grass.
These two have played once, which was in the 2015 Shenzhen Open, a match Berdych won in straight sets. The match took 17 games to decide.
Don’t put anything past Vesely, as he’s beaten two top-10 players this year already and is quietly moving up the rankings. However, Berdych is very consistent and his shotmaking and experience is probably the deciding factor here.
I like Berdych in four sets.