At one stage this H2H stood at 11-6 in Federer’s favour but 8 straight wins to the Swiss maestro now means it reads 19-6.
The reigning champion has completely dominated this matchup over the last 5 years – winning 19 of the last 21 sets contested including three straight set wins at Grand Slam level.
Their 3rd round match a year ago officially stamped the return of Roger in what was a absolute masterclass.
He slapped 40 winners and won 95% of 1st serve points!
There is no surprise element with Roger this time around and The Wolf feels that will help Berdych.
Despite not dropping a set Federer has looked below his best and he will have to elevate his level to get past Tomas.
One of the heaviest hitters on tour, Berdych has gone down the line with his backhand more regularly in this tournament and The Wolf says he will have to do it even more often if he is to end his losing streak against Federer.
Federer has been a bit sloppy in his return games and we have seen the likes of Struff and Fucsovics force him into tiebreakers.
Grand Slam titles don’t come easily and this will be no exception for Federer this time around.
Take Berdych with the +5.5 handicap.
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