ATP World Tour Finals, Day 6 Preview: Djokovic v Berdych, Wawrinka v Cilic

Thursday began with Milos Raonic pulling out of the tournament before his scheduled match with Kei Nishikori.  This meant that David Ferrer played Nishikori in the afternoon match and HALLELUJAH, we had a three setter and a good match.  Roger Federer is through to the semi-finals with Andy Murray needing to beat Federer in straight sets tonight to prevent Nishikori from advancing. Friday wraps up the round robin with two matches that don’t look particularly enticing on paper…

Recaps from Wednesday:

Berdych

Berdych d. Cilic, 6-3 6-1: Berdych heaped more misery on Cilic with a straight sets win over the US Open champion.  Cilic has won just six games in two matches in his first ever appearance at the World Tour Finals.  Cilic had break points at *4-3 in the first set to level up proceedings, but after failing to convert, went onto lose eight of the next nine games.   Berdych helped his chances but will still need at least a set against Djokovic to have a chance of qualifying.  Oh…

Djokovic d. Wawrinka, 6-3 6-0: Djokovic produced a superb display to maintain his stance as the one to beat in London.  In yet another hyped-up contest that could have been “the one” to kick this tournament into a life, a one-sided contest ensued. The first couple of games promised so much with Wawrinka winning two tight games to break serve and hold.  However Djokovic hit back immediately, breaking Wawrinka’s serve twice to love before dominating the second set.  Wawrinka hit too many unforced errors; however this was not all about him, rather a result of Djokovic playing a brilliant match. This surface suits his game perfectly.

Previews for Friday

Djokovic

Djokovic v Berdych: As mentioned above, Berdych will most likely need a win over Djokovic to qualify and that doesn’t look likely after watching Djokovic compete this week.  Furthermore, Djokovic destroyed Berdych the last time they played in the final of Beijing, 6-0 6-2.  Djokovic has won their last three matches on tour.  I don’t think Berdych has the belief that he can beat an in-form Djokovic.

Prediction: Djokovic d. Berdych in 2 sets

Wawrinka v Cilic: Wawrinka leads the H2H 7-2 and has won both their match-ups in 2014; Wawrinka routed Cilic in Monte-Carlo, 6-0 6-2, but was pushed to three sets in Cincy in an odd scoreline, 3-6 6-0 6-1.  Cilic doesn’t have a great deal to play for and needs a huge win over Wawrinka to even stand a chance of qualifying.  Stan for the win.

Prediction: Wawrinka d. Cilic in 2 sets

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