ATP Australian Open, 3rd round: Berdych v Federer (09:30)

Federer leads the head to heads 16-6. He has won their last 5 matches.

Berdych has made a decent start to the year. He reached the semi finals in Doha where he lost to Murray. He has had an easy ride so far this week. Vanni retired in the 1st round and Harrison was beaten in 3 sets.

Federer will have to work hard to beat Berdych

Federer hasn’t been at his best but this is his first real tournament since Wimbledon in June. He dropped a set to Melzer in the first round and his straight sets win over Rubin in the last round was a little more laboured than we might have expected.

This is a good chance for Berdych to get a rare win over him but I still feel Federer will come out on top. I expect Berdych to be competitive and we will see 4 or 5 sets.

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