Sony Ericsson Open – Thursday

20:00 – Berdych v Verdasco

 

Rankings are 20 and 12. Head to heads are 5-3 to Berdych ( and 3-2 on fast courts).

                                              

Berdych beat Verdasco 2 weeks ago 6-0, 6-3.

 

Berdych beat a slightly below par Federer in the last round. He quite rightly will be brimming with confidence.

 

Verdasco has come through 2 tough matches against Cilic and Melzer. He will need to be a little more consistent in this match as I’d expect Berdych to take advanatge of any lapse in concentration.

 

Verdasco will have his very vociferous fans to help him through any tough periods of the game.

 

Berdych wins 88% of service games to Verdasco’s 82%. Verdasco has averaged a higher first serve percentage this season but it let him down a few times in his last match.

 

Back Berdych on serve. I would expect him to win a very tight match. It should be a great one to watch. 

 

Update: Berdych started very slowly. His serve wasn’t firing and he lost serve early in the opening set. Verdasco held on to take the set.

 

In the second set both players struggled to get control of the set and they ended up in a tie break and Berdych levelled the match at 1 set all.

 

In the third I suspect that Verdasco started to think about the fact that he had never reached an ATP1000 semi final before. He started to lose his cool. Berdych got the break of serve and was serving much better than he had earlier in the match. He closed out the set to win 4-6, 7-6, 6-4.

 

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Midnight – Youzhny v Soderling

 

Rankings are 15 and 7. Head to heads are 3-2 to Soderling. He has won their last 2 games (both on hard courts)

 

Youzhny should be full of energy after Mardy Fish (real name Mardin ) retired injured after just 1 game of the second set in the last round.

 

Soderling’s run of form has continued this week. Other than the second set against Gonzalez in the last round ( which he lost in a tie break) he hasn’t reaqlly been in trouble.

 

Soderling wins 87% of his service games to Youzhny’s 82%. Both men convert 40% of break points.

 

Back Soderling on serve.

 

Update: A very one sided set but it started with Youzhny breaking serve in the very first game. Unfortunately that was the only game he won in the first set.

 

The second set was more competitive with Youzhny actually managing to hold serve a few times.

 

Soderling won 6-1, 6-4.

 

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