Czech No. 1 Tomas Berdych reached the quarter-final round of the Miami Open, where he will now come up against Juan Monaco to determine who will advance to the final four at the Masters 1000 event. This marks the seventh time that they cross paths on the ATP World Tour, with Berdych leading the series with an unblemished 6-0 head to head record.
Seeded eighth at the event, Tomas Berdych didn’t even need to finish his fourth round match to find his way into the quarter-final round in Miami. While leading France’s Gael Monfils 6-3, 3-2, Monfils took a terrible tumble and was forced to retire from the contest.
“In the end I feel sorry for Gaël,” said Berdych. “That’s not the ideal way to finish up the match. But in the end I’m through. That’s what matters, that’s what counts. So I’m happy with the win. Really just it’s not the way that you want to finish the match, but that’s how it is. So we need to move on and just go for the next one.”
Argentina’s Juan Monaco ousted Fernando Verdasco in the fourth round in Miami, which is impressive given that the Spaniard was coming off a upset win over Rafael Nadal in the previous round. He defeated Verdasco 6-3, 6-3 in a match that lasted a total of one hour and 24 minutes.
This will mark the seventh time that Berdych and Monaco will meet on the professional tour, with Berdych leading the series 6-0. Their last meeting took place three years ago in the Davis Cup, and their last tour meeting was in 2011, so it is hard to determine how this match will go. However, given Berdych’s performances against players outside the Top five, he will undoubtedly be the odds –on favourite to win the match.
Prediction: Tomas Berdych in Straight Sets