14:00 – Berdych v Roddick
Rankings are 6 and 8. Head to heads are 6-2 to Roddick who has won their last 4 matches.
Roddick put in a very good performance against Nadal taking the opening set. He was being a little more aggressive than normal and seemed full of confidence.
Berdych in comparison looked very nervous against Djokovic. He didn’t serve well.
Berdych has done nothing over the last few weeks to suggest he has much of a chance in this match. He seems to be having problems getting used to his top 10 status. Roddick has no such problems and should win easily today although he tends to get the break he needs and then just serve out the set so it could be a straight forward win and the score 6-4, 6-4.
Back Roddick from the start.
Update: Sometimes you’re as well just flipping a coin to pick a winner. I missed this match and am totally amazed having seen the result.
Berdych won 7-5, 6-3.
20:00 – Nadal v Djokovic
Rankings are 1 and 3. Head to heads are 15-7 to Nadal who won their only other match in 2010. Djokovic won the previous 3 matches.
Djokovic always plays well right to the end of the season and gave an impressive display against a nervy Berdych. Nadal started slowly against Roddick and didn’t serve well in the early part of the match. Once he got the break back in the second set he always looked favourite to take the match.
Djokovic is slight favourite on Betfair and has been perhaps the more consistent player over recent weeks.
Nadal will need his serve to be effective right from the first service game as he’ll find it more difficult to come back against Djokovic. I have read that Djokovic is more interested in the Davis Cup final than in this tournament. I don’t buy that. The top players in the world want to beat the other top players and he won’t need any more motivation other than its Nadal on the other side of the net.
Very difficult to pick a winner. You can never write Nadal off though and if he can start quickly then he is my pick to win.
Wait to see how Nadal serves at the start but both should be ok to back on serve.
Update: Nadal won 7-5, 6-2.