One year after their first professional encounter in the fourth round of the Wimbldon Championships, Tomas Berdych and Bernard Tomic will once again cross paths at SW19, this time in the second round of the tournament. This is just the second time they meet on the professional circuit with Berdych leading the head-to-head series 1-0.
2010 finalist Tomas Berdych was faced with one of the tougher matches for a seeded player on the opening day of action, as he was forced to rally from a set down to defeat Romania’s Victor Hanescu 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-4, 6-3. The sixth seed, who only suffered a slight lapse in concentration in the opening set tiebreak, hit 22 aces to 3 double faults, as well as a total of 75 winners to just 24 unforced errors. The win denied Hanescu his 200th tour-level win, and also secured Berdych’s spot in the second round of the tournament.
Former Australian No. 1 Bernard Tomic continued his recovery from hip surgery with a comfortable straight sets win over Evgeny Donskoy to reach the second round of the tournament. The match, which ended 6-4, 6-3, 6-2, saw Tomic hit 11 aces and 35 winners, while only recording 18 unforced errors for a strong positive ratio.
Tomic gave Berdych a tough time in the fourth round last year, where he took the Czech No. 1 to four sets –two of which were tiebreakers – but whether he can repeat that feat this time around is debatable. The Australian is still looking to regain full form since double hip surgery, and while he is clearly improving on a regular basis, it is hard to imagine him giving Berdych much trouble this time around.
Prediction: Tomas Berdych in Straight Sets