Tomas Berdych, the world’s number six, has been handed a very tough draw in Cincinnati this week, but he has started his run in the best possible style by dealing with Jarkko Nieminen in two straightforward sets and he should therefore feel quite confident ahead of his clash with the world’s number twenty-three, Tommy Robredo.

Match: Tomas Berdych vs Tommy Robredo

Tomas Berdych

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Selection: Tomas Berdych (-4 games)

Best Odds: 2.05 @ Pinnacle

It would obviously be crazy to expect the Spaniard to go down without putting up some decent resistance and the H2H record between the two suggests that it is going to be a pretty stern resistance as well, but the long and tiring battle with Stanislas Wawrinka must have taken plenty of energy out of him and this battle could therefore simply be a bridge too far for the veteran, as he will have to face yet another superb player in conditions that he simply couldn’t be enjoying too much.

The Czech number one will have to go through some very difficult battles if he is to make a real attempt at getting the title this week, so he will want to get these early matches sorted out as quickly as possible and, if his performance against Jarkko Nieminen is anything to go by, he will indeed be able to get the job done very quickly today. His serve was working like a charm on Wednesday and the surface will assist him during his forays to the net, so Robredo will have to be at his absolute best if he is to get any joy at all.

Moreover, there is also the revenge factor to drive the Czech into an even better performance, as Robredo has won the most recent meeting between the two, so shrewd bettors should certainly be looking to back the Czech to have no mercy when facing his today’s opponent.