Tomas Berdych vs Alejandro Falla Preview – Australian Open 2015 Round 1

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With a good start to his 2015 season, Tomas Berdych will take that momentum with him into the Australian Open, where he will begin his campaign against Colombia’s Alejandro Falla. The two competitors have met twice previously on the ATP World Tour, yet this is their first meeting in a Grand Slam event. Berdych leads the head to head series 2-0.

After spending four hours and 12 minutes on court throughout the week in Doha, world No. 6 Tomas Berdych came up against David Ferrer in the final of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open. However, he was unable to hold off the Spaniard’s charge, and lost the match 6-4, 7-5 in 1 hour and 29 minutes. The match took a particularly enthralling turn in the second set, when Berdych failed to serve out the set on three different attempts and allowed Ferrer to close out the match to love.

While Berdych was disappointed with the outcome, he knows it was a good start to his year.

“First of all, it’s a disappointment to lose the final,” said Berdych. “But on the other hand, it’s been a very solid week. It’s been a couple of good matches. I was not able to execute the right way (today), but I think it’s a good start for me.”

World No. 112 Alejandro Falla is coming off a quarter-final loss to Adrian Mannarino at the Heinekin Open in Auckland.

This marks the third time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Berdych leading the series 2-0. His first win took place in the Tokyo Open in 2012 and the Miami Masters in 2013 – both hard court wins. While Falla is more than capable of snatching a set, he will not be able to hold off Berdych’s attack throughout the encounter.

Prediction: Tomas Berdych in Four Sets

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