Federer vs Berdych: Roger Federer advances to the Round of 16 in the Australian Open as he defeats Tomas Berdych in straight sets.
Both Federer and Berdych began the match at the same pace, and were tied at 2 games apiece. Federer then took the next 4 games quite swiftly, ultimately winning the set 6-2.
Federer’s first set momentum also transferred to the second set, causing him to break Berdych’s serve right off the bat. He then won his service as well, giving him a 2-0 lead. The rest of the set played out with each player winning their service games, which gave Federer the match lead with a comfortable 6-2, 6-4 lead.
With Federer playing very well and feeling quite confident, there wasn’t much Berdych could do. He made a fighting attempt to stay in the match, only being down 2-3 at one point. Unfortunately, Federer simply was too much for Berdych to handle, and finished the set 6-2.
Game, Set, Match:
Federer ultimately won the match with a score of 6-2, 6-4, 6-2, giving him some positive momentum moving forward with the tournament.
Both players had strong baseline points but Federer was simply too much for Berdych to handle. He played his game, moving the Czech with his serve and quickly putting the ball away with the stroke of a forehand–or a backhand. However, Berdych, who is known to rally out the points and craft unique shots, couldn’t keep up with the pace that Federer was supplying.
Berdych just couldn’t play around his strenghts and the Swiss made him pay, coasting to an easy three-set win against one of the top ten players in the world.
This win will prove vital for Federer, who can now enter his matchup with Nishikori feeling relaxed and revitalized.
Federer vs Berdych was entertaining, but can Federer vs Nishikori turn it up a notch? Recently, Kei had a close five-setter with Andrey Kuznetsov but the past two have been easy three-setters for him.
Federer will face the Japanese player for the sixth time in his career, and the first time in a grand slam.
Who will emerge victorious? We’ll keep you updated with a match preview later today.
Federer vs Berdych was a bit surprising; Federer showcased his vintage self en route to an easy win against one of the best players in the world.