Following an emphatic showing on Tuesday afternoon, Czech No. 1 Tomas Berdych and returning Serb Viktor Troicki will meet for the sixth time on the ATP World Tour, with Berdych leading the head to head series 4-1. Trociki’s only win against his higher ranked opponent was over five years ago at Indian Wells.
While he was unable to finish the job during their last encounter at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, Tomas Berdych emphatically announced his return to form on Tuesday afternoon with a dominant 6-1, 6-2 victory over Spain’s Feliciano Lopez. The Czech No. 1 generated 14 break point opportunities, converted on four and remained dominant on serve (lost 10 points on serve during the entire encounter) to close out the meeting in 1 hour and 3 minutes.
Currently sitting at No. 8 in the ATP Race to London, the 2011 China Open winner is looking to complete a strong week in Beijing and edge himself closer to his fifth consecutive qualification at the year-end championships.
Following a spell on the sidelines for a drug suspension, Viktor Troicki resumed his professional endeavors with a newfound inspiration. Since his return, the Serb has won two titles on the Challenger circuit and is coming off a quarter-final showing in Shenzhen where he lost to Santiago Giraldo.
Since arriving in Beijing with a wildcard, Troicki worked his way into the second round of the tournament with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Mikhail Youzhny.
This is the sixth time that Berdych and Troicki will meet on the ATP World Tour, with Berdych winning the last four consecutive meetings to lead 4-1 in the series. Their last encounter took place over two years ago in Halle. The more interesting h2h stat is their 1-1 record on hard courts and the fact that none of their matches have ever gone beyond straight sets.
Prediction: Tomas Berdych in Straight Sets