Pierre-Hugues Herbert vs Tomas Berdych
|Date & Time||Friday January 4, 2019, 6:00 PM (EST)|
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Czech superstar, Tomas Berdych is set to face Pierre-Hugues Herbert from France in the quarterfinals of the 2018 ATP Qatar Open in Doha.
Pierre-Hugues Herbert enters this match having beaten Max Marterer in the previous round. It was a solid victory for Herbert as he won all of his service games while also winning 1 return game to get the win in 3 sets. It was impressive to watch Pierre-Hugues Herbert play during the third set as he handled the pressure of a tiebreaker exceptionally well to win the set and the match. It has been a very good tournament for Pierre-Hugues Herbert as he beat Dominic Thiem in the opening round. That win would have given Herbert a huge amount of confidence which he showed in his previous match and should bring into this contest also.
On the other side of the coin, Tomas Berdych enters this match beaten Fernando Verdasco in 3 sets. It was a solid performance by Tomas Berdych as he beat one of the most experienced and accomplished players on the tour. The returning of serve was the most impressive aspect for Tomas Berdych as he won 4 break points which is very impressive, especially against Fernando Verdasco. Tomas Berdych is a very experienced and accomplished player and he should be feeling confident as he heads into this match.
This is set to be the first time that Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Tomas Berdych will be playing each other.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Tomas Berdych to win this game. While Pierre-Hugues Herbert has been playing well and is looking confident, Tomas Berdych is simply a more accomplished and experienced player. Having just beaten Fernando Verdasco, Tomas Berdych should be feeling good about his game. I see Berdych making it into the semi-final of this tournament.