ATP Dubai Final Preview: Roger Federer v Tomas Berdych

Today saw an announcement about the Indian Premier League Tennis, which is set to take place in the off-season.  I have to admit I didn’t know anything about this until today when all the tennis tweeters started announcing it.  I don’t know the ins and outs of it, but personally, it seems completely ridiculous.  The off-season is too short as it is and we are already seeing so many injuries and withdrawals through the first couple of months of the 2014 season.  It’s all about the money…

Poll Result: Djokovic just edged ahead of Federer in yesterday’s poll at the last moment with 52% of the votes, but there was a lot of support for Federer and rightfully so!

Moving the focus back to Dubai,  a potentially captivating final between Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych is waiting in the wings.  Federer recovered from a set down to beat Novak Djokovic, 3-6 6-3 6-2.  This was a huge win for Federer, but an equally gutting loss for Djokovic.  He has only played two tournaments this year so it is hard to make any conclusions yet, but early signs are that Djokovic has regressed to his mid-2013 woes when he struggled to impose himself on the big matches.  Federer meanwhile, continues to show renewed vigour and promise in 2014.  He is currently ranked at number eight in the world, but with less 1500 points separating him and Stanislas Wawrinka in number three, there are likely to be many changes in the rankings over the coming weeks.

Video from Tennis Videos Yo and originally seen on The Changeover

Berdych continued his excellent run of form with a ninth consecutive victory, defeating Philipp Kohlschreiber, 7-5 7-5.  It wasn’t Berdych’s finest performance, but his superior mentality compared to Kohlschreiber got him out of a sticky situation at 3-5 down in the first set.  The Czech player has been extremely consistent this year and has become very reliable in beating players he is expected to beat.  He’s beaten David Ferrer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga so far this year, but this will be his first match of 2014 against the old top four.

Federer leads the head-to-head by 11 wins to 6; however Berdych has won their last two matches including a very entertaining semi-final encounter in Dubai last year.  I think this is an incredibly difficult match to call because both players are playing well and the head-to-head is quite even.  I am really looking forward to this final and will try to make sure I watch it!  Who you got?

Prediction: Federer to beat Berdych in 3 sets

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