Tomas Berdych, the Czech number one, suffered a really big blow in his opening match in London, losing 6-1 6-1 against Stanislas Wawrinka. Marin Cilic lost against Novak Djokovic with the same scoreline, but we are nonetheless going to suggest a bet on the Croat for Wednesday.
Match: Marin Cilic vs Tomas Berdych
Selection: Marin Cilic
Best Odds: 1.74 @ Pinnacle
For starters, nobody in the world is going to blame him for the loss against the world’s number one. The vast majority of players would lose easily against him at the moment, after all. On the other hand, the loss Berdych suffered against Stanislas Wawrinka is not something that should just be written off as a fluke result, as the Czech looked genuinely poor during the match and the post-match interviews suggest that he just does not feel at ease right now for some reason.
Regarding the qualification chances of the two, it seems fair to say that Berdych faces an uphill struggle. Cilic might not, as he is capable of beating both Berdych and Wawrinka. That should give him at least a glimmer of hope, while Berdych might already be somewhere else in the back of his mind. Being absolutely determined is crucial in these high-level matches and there is a chance that Berdych will not be up to the task on Wednesday, which is obviously a big issue. Furthermore, he is currently on a two-match losing streak against the Croat, having lost 3-0 against him in both the US Open and Wimbledon. Is there anything positive that could be said about the Czech number one at the moment? It seems that there is not, so shrewd punters should definitely look to go against him in this match.