Tomas Berdych, the world’s number six, has dealt with Tommy Robredo without even breaking much sweat, but he will be in for a much tougher test on Friday, as he is going to be up against the world’s number two, Andy Murray.
Match: Tomas Berdych vs Andy Murray
Selection: Tomas Berdych
Best Odds: 2.97 @ Pinnacle
The Scot hasn’t really played that much since that glorious victory at SW19, but his straightforward victories against Mikhail Youzhny and Julien Benneteau suggest that he is taking this particular event very seriously. As this is now the only opportunity for him to get some real tests under his belt before the final Grand Slam of the season, he will surely want to do well and perhaps even play against his main competitors for the Grand Slam title, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
However, Tomas Berdych has always known how to play against the world’s number two and actually has a positive record against him, which is something that indicates that he is always going to be a potential danger for Murray. Moreover, his own victories against Julien Benneteau and Tommy Robredo have also been as impressive as they possibly could, so there can be no doubts about his current form. He is in the same situation as the Scot, as he will also have to be on the top of his game if he is to defend all those ranking points from his last year’s run in the US Open, so he surely wants to do as well as possible this week as well.
Taking all those things together, it is hard to see any reasons for the world’s number two being favored so much by the bookmakers. A bet on Tomas Berdych is therefore the recommendation for Friday, as the price is simply outstanding if you consider everything.