Madrid Open – Friday’s matches

Bellucci is performing well this week as an underdog. Today he finally comes up against a decent opponent and it may be the end of his run. Berdych has yet to loose a set this week although the first set in each match was very close.  Bellucci served well against Murray and broke the Scot 3 times although Murray wasn’t 100% fit.

Berdych should be able to power through Bellucci but he needs his serve to be working. That will frustrate Bellucci who will start to force his shots and make the errors.

Update: I underestimated Bellucci and the effect that his new coach was having on his form. Berydch was perhaps slightly on top during the first set but fell apart during the tie break. In the second set it was again very close but Bellucci proved the better player with a break near the end. he easily served out the match.

Bellucci won 7-6, 6-3.


Does Llodra have even a remote chance against Nadal? No.


Federer takes on Soderling. Their head to head is 16-2 to Fed with one of Soderling’s wins coming on clay at the French Open. Federer hasn’t looked at his best this week and his match with Lopez was decided in 3 tie break sets. Even Malisse managed to break him yesterday. Soderling has been serving much better this week. Probably his best chance today will be tie breaks. He was only able to break Tsonga yesterday right at the end of the match. I’m not sure if Soderling really believes he can beat Federer. This should be very close.


Djokovic has never beaten Ferrer on clay in 3 attempts but today could be the day. The Serb still has a 100% record in 2011 and is the best player in the world at the moment. I still find it hard to ignore Ferrer’s 0-6 set against Mannarino. Top players in top form just don’t get bagelled. A confident Djokovic can produce some amazing tennis and his confidence won’t get any higher than it is right now. It will be a scrap but Djokovic is mentally tougher.

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