ATP World Tour Finals, Day 4 Preview: Berdych v Cilic, Djokovic v Wawrinka

On Monday, group A produced four breakstick sets and two matches lasting less than one hour.  It is very rare to see such one-sided matches on the ATP tour, particularly at a tournament of this calibre.  Here are recaps from Monday and previews looking ahead to the second set of matches from group A on Wednesday with Berdych v Cilic at 2pm and Djokovic v Wawrinka at 8pm.

Recaps from Monday

Berdych

Wawrinka d. Berdych, 6-1 6-1: Berdych labelled this match as his worst of the year.  It’s no wonder when you look at his statistics.  Berdych hit four winners to 20 unforced errors with three of those winners coming off aces.  On the other hand, Wawrinka played a very solid match, which came as a surprise following a miserable run of form since the US Open.  He has put himself in a great position to qualify for the semi-finals and seems to thrive on this indoor court, having played well to reach the semi-finals last year.

Djokovic d. Cilic, 6-1 6-1: Cilic made a really promising start, holding his first service game and then pushing the world number one to deuce in the next game.  However Djokovic then went on to win eight games in a row, producing some delightful passing shots.  Cilic hit far too many errors and was overwhelmed by Djokovic’s consistency from the baseline.  Cilic briefly threatened to make a comeback in the second set breaking Djokovic’s serve at 6-1 2-0, but he wouldn’t win another game from there as Djokovic eased to his first victory of the tournament.

Previews for Wednesday

Cilic

Cilic v Berdych: Both facing a mountain to qualify by virtue of winning just two games in their first match, this is a must-win match for Cilic and Berdych.  The pair have played each other three times in 2014; Berdych won their first match in Rotterdam, but Cilic has won their last two in straight sets and on the big stage at Wimbledon (7-6(5) 6-4 7-6(6), R3) and at the US Open (6-2 6-4 7-6(4), QF).  It’s hard to judge a winner after both played well below their best on Monday, but i’d have to give the edge to Marin.

Prediction: Cilic d Berdych in 2 sets

 

Djokovic v Wawrinka: I’m pleased to see the top two seeds in group A get the night match so I can watch it!  I was surprised to realise this is the first time they will play each other since the Australian Open. Wawrinka beat Djokovic 2-6 6-4 6-2 3-6 9-7 in the quarter-finals en route to winning his first Grand Slam title.  This win snapped a 14 match losing streak to Djokovic.  Despite his recent poor form, Wawrinka knows how to turn it on against the best players and he is always capable of producing a great match.  However, Djokovic has been so steady and assured of late that I would back the Serb to come through in straight sets.

Prediction: Djokovic d. Wawrinka in 2 sets (1 tight, 1 easy)

6 thoughts on “ATP World Tour Finals, Day 4 Preview: Berdych v Cilic, Djokovic v Wawrinka

  1. Sorry for this double post. The speakers of the match Berdych/Stan recalled that Tomas Berdych is not reallly good when plays at the Masters, and he always lost the first match and always won the second one. strange stats… let’s see whether Berdych ill win this second round, but despite of this stat, my prediction is unchanged : cilic to win.

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    • I agree with the pick of Cilic over Berdych. I’d absolutely love it if Stan won, but how anyone can think Novak will lose right now I don’t know! Federer has a shot against him maybe, but I’d be amazed if anyone else troubled him unduly.

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      • Yeah I think Cilic has the edge here. He’s a stronger player than Berdych in almost every way and he has nothing to lose here now. Not to mention he’s had a LOT of success on indoor hard courts this year.

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    • I can’t believe how bad Cilic was. I bet Goran beat the shit out of him after that! Where was the Cilic who won the US Open?!
      I still think he’ll pick up another slam in 2015 though. I think Wimbledon seems like a perfect opportunity for him.

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