Berdych vs Herbert
QF match in Doha between Tomas Berdych and Pierre-Hugues Herbert.
That's the first match between them in ATP level and it's hard to say easily who has the advantage, but Berdych is just much more accomplished player and I expect him to progress to the SFs easy or hard. Berdych was outsider against Kohlschreiber which was big surprise for me and used this little gift by the bookies. He did it in straight sets in a close match, but it's important only the final outcome, not so much the way of success. Against Verdasco in the 2nd round it happened a real battle as it was also expected and three sets decided Berdych to progress to the third round. He is not so stable on serve, that has to be said. He can give his opponents not one or two chances for breaks, but it's important what they will do when facing them.
Herbert is not amongst the players who is known as a good returner. He is a typical net player with a lot of success in men doubles. OK, Herbert has better ranking right now as he is N55, while Berdych is N71, but that's because Berdych missed the second part of the last season. Herbert beat Thiem in the 1st round, which was not so surprising as we all know that Dominic always makes slowly starts of the seasons with a lot of early exits until the start of the clay season where he makes maybe half of his season's points. Still a classy win against a seeded player! In the next round he hardly beat Marterer in three sets after two tiebreaks in the 2nd and 3rd sets. He showed a good performance on serve in these two matches and net play. If he has a good day he is capable of beating Berdych, who is still not in his best form, but it more depends how Thomas will perform. He is much more accomplished player with a lot of seasons in a row being part of top 10 ot even top 5. He has better play from the baseline and personally for me his key for success is his serve. If it works even better than it was against Verdasco and Kohlschreiber, I have almost no doubt he will find the way to win this match why not in straight sets. If it happens the opposite and plays almost the whole time on 2nd serve, then he will need very stable performance on return and breaks will come for sure- Berdych 2nd serve is not so reliable.
All at all I am going in this match with Thomas and why not to see a final between Novak and Tomas. Novak is in the harder part of tthe draw with Bautista Agut and Stan Wawrinka, while Berdych or Herbert will face one amongst Cecchinato or Lajovic in the SFs- perfect chance for a place in the final for sure. For me Berdych will prevail in three sets.
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Berdych vs Herbert prediction
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