After needing four sets to work his way into the second round of the Wimbledon Championships, Tomas Berdych will come up against Frenchman Nicolas Mahut to fight for a place in the R32 at The All England Club. This marks the sixth time that the two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour, with Berdych leading the series with a undefeated head-to-head record of 5-0.
The 2010 runner up at the Championships found himself faced with a surprisingly difficult task in his opening round match against Jeremy Chardy at the prestigious grass court Grand Slam event. Berdych fired 55 winners, 16 aces and saved four of the five break points he faced to close out the match in three hours and 11 minutes. He eventually did so with a final score of 6-2, 6-7(8), 7-6(3), 7-6(5).
“The conditions were extremely tough… from the beginning,” said Berdych. “The opponent was playing really good tennis. It was a good test for me to start with.”
Berdych will come up against Nicolas Mahut, who reached the second round at Wimbledon following a four set win against Filip Krajinovic. Following a solid match overall, which included 14 aces, 55 winners and 36 unforced errors, Mahut closed out the contest 7-6(4), 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 in two hours and 46 minutes.
This marks the sixth time that the two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour, with Berdych leading the series with a undefeated head-to-head record of 5-0. Their last meeting took place at the 2014 Rotterdam Open, which Berdych won with little fuss. In fact, the Frenchman has never been able to take a set off Berdych in 11 years worth of matches. While this is their first ever meeting not on a hard court, it is unlikely that much will change this time around.
Prediction: Tomas Berdych in Straight Sets