Tomas Berdych and Leonardo Mayer will meet for the second time on the professional tour in the quarter-final round of the Portugal Open. This is the first time they meet outside of Davis Cup competition and also the first time on clay, which should make for an interesting contest for the crowd in Oeiras.
World No. 6 Tomas Berdych defeated India’s Somdev Devvarman 6-3, 6-2 to begin his Portugal Open campaign. The top ranked Czech won 3/5 break points to secure the victory in 76 minutes. He will now continue his campaign for a second title this year, after failing to capture a single one in the 2013 season.
“I took my chances very well, even though I was a bit down, especially on my serve,” said Berdych. “There’s a lot of space to improve. [In the quarter-finals] I need to go out there very focused and play my best tennis.”
- Berdych is making his first appearance since 2005 at the Portugal Open.
Leonardo Mayer defeated Golubev 6-1, 7-6 to set up the quarter-final match-up against the top seed. His wins this week in Oeiras snapped a six-match losing streak dating back to Buenos Aires in February. It was surprising slump considering he had reached the final in Vine del Marthe tournament before that, where he lost to Fabio Fognini in the final.
This marks the second time these two competitors meet on the professional tour, and the first time outside of Davis Cup competition. Berdych leads the head-to-head series 1-0, as he defeated Mayer in four sets last year on an indoor surface. While this is the best run the Argentine has made since Vine del Mar in February, it is doubtful that he is capable of toppling the top seed on Friday afternoon.
Prediction: Tomas Berdych in Straight Sets