Edmund vs Berdych (By: Iniestaone)
First round match from Australian Open between Edmund (#14) and Berdych (#57)
So two players with a lot of points to defend from last year face off in this first round, this might be one of the three best matches on the 14th in AO. I think Edmund will edge it out. I thought Berdych could win vs Bautista Agut in the Doha finals but he was far too predictable and threw the match two times in the third set. He is looking very shaky when it counts and his serve is yet not as stable as it should be to beat Edmund.
Edmund took a surprising loss to Uchiyama in Brisbane and has now been focused on the Australian Open. Defending a semi final spot in a grandslam is very important and I expect him to take this match much more seriously. He has every weapon to beat Berdych here. His coach Rosengren is very smart and a big reason for his career high ranking of 14 and I assume they have been planning to aim Edmund's forehand into Berdych's backhand which looks so unstable right now. If he can do that successfully throughout the match then he should win this.
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