Federer Faces Berdych Tonight At The Australian Open, Can He Win? Third Round Preview
by Sean Randall | January 19th, 2017, 5:52 pm
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In the match the tennis world highlighted in the men’s draw for the first week, it’s going down tonight at the Australian Open when Roger Federer takes on Tomas Berdych.

Federer leads 16-6 with a couple of wins coming in Melbourne – one last year – but this time and for maybe the first time ever, it’s Berdych who has to be the favorite.

And honestly, after seeing Federer struggle with Noah Rubin and at times have issues with Jurgen Melzer, I don’t know how he beats Berdych. Of course, Berdych is more than capable of imploding and handing Federer the match, and that’s really the Swiss’s only hope here.

Roger will improve from the Rubin match, but I just don’t see his footwork, movement and quality of shot where it needs to be right now. And that’s not really much of a surprise given he’s been out so long with a knee. Maybe by Miami that changes, but right now from how he looks on court and what he’s saying in press, he sounds like someone who isn’t close to being full strength.

So unless Roger serves lights out (remember he’s 35!) or Berdych just bombs (ok, not that farfetched), I think the Czech gets through here. That said, the real “win” as Roger said himself, is that he’s back.
The pick: Berdych in 4

As for the other matches (and there are some good ones!):
Andy Murray v Sam Querrey: Querrey stunned Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon, Murray/Lendl won’t let that happen here, especially with the Serb headed home.

Mischa Zverev v Malek Jaziri: What a win for Zverev over Isner, and disappointment for the American. And what an opportunity for both to reach a fourth round at a Slam. I’ll lean Jaziri who’s the fresher player

Lukas Lacko v Kei Nishikori: Kei’s looks good and he’s healthy, he’ll get through the qualifier.

Stan Wawrinka v Viktor Trocki: After an early struggle against Martin Klizan, Stan was sharp in a win over Steve Johnson. It will be tougher today, but I like Stan in 4.

Steve Darcis v Andreas Seppi: What a wreck Nick Kyrgios is. So much talent, so much waste. Andreas Seppi is the beneficiary and the veteran backs up the win beating the Shark.

JW Tsonga v Jack Sock: In the other “Match of the Day” both guys are very streak, very explosive. I’ll lean slightly to Tsonga who has the experience, will have the crowd but Sock is playing some of the best tennis of his life.

Bernard Tomic v Dan Evans: Take your pick. This is the toughest match to call. Evans has been sneaky good but Tomic always plays well in Melbourne and he’s doing it again. But can you trust him? I don’t think I can. I’ll go with Evans.

Looking ahead tomorrow, the big match is Alexander Zverev against Rafael Nadal. I’m thrilled to see Nadal back in form, but I don’t know if it will be enough to take out the teen.

And Grigor Dimitrov battles Richard Gasquet in another good one.

With Djokovic out, who’s going to take advantage. My guess, it’s Milos Raonic.


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121 Comments for Federer Faces Berdych Tonight At The Australian Open, Can He Win? Third Round Preview

lakie Says:

Milos is supposed to be sick.


Van Persie Says:

Who knows, it might be Berdy’s AO?


alex Says:

Federer will win in 4


kjb Says:

I think Berych will take it tonight. Fed is just not match tough at all. I think Milos is looking real good and is probably the favorite on that half now. I’m looking forward to Nadal/Zverev match tommorrow, Nadal has looked pretty good but Zverev can hit through anyone the way the courts are playing.

All in all there have been some great matches so far.


kjb Says:

Why on earth is Murray playing in Hisense Arena?


lakie Says:

yes, very surprising. Aus Open doesn’t respect the #1 player.


AndyMira Says:

WOOOOHOOOO!!!Now,Andy play like an alien from outer space!!What a winner at 3rd sets 4/4…Let’s go Andy!!!


Margot Says:

Fantastic display of Murray magic on show. “Falling in love all over again!” ;)
@kjb
Andy likes that court, probably asked for it. Spectators can just turn up which makes for a great atmosphere.
Now, C’mon Dan, man up!


AndyMira Says:

Roger in 3,4 or 5…depends on his mood..C’Mon Rog!!


J-Kath Says:

Think Berdych will down the Fed. who has not been looking too fluid to me….we’ll see.


Willow Says:

I Agree J-Kath, Berdych is not intimidated by Federer the way he is against Novak, Rafa and Andy to a lesser degree, he seems to relish the challenge, and i think Federer is still rusty ….


Willow Says:

WOW How clutch is Dan ? ….


Jatin Says:

Hey Willow, so glad to see you are still here :)
How’s going everything ?

And hope fed wins somehow. Lets see how it goes.


Willow Says:

Hi Jatin im good thanks, nice to see you here again, i will always be here unless im on holiday, im pulling for Murray or Rafa to win the whole thing, but i think Federer could be dark horse to win, and the Berdych match will be a good indication of where hes at, you never know there could be one more classic Fedal clash on the horizon, a long way to go still ;-) ….


Navdeep Says:

I am bit nervous about nadal-zverev match. Just couldn’t take my mind off it


Willow Says:

Navdeep that makes two of us ….


Willow Says:

Dan Evans so proud of you, nice respect and dignity shown by Tomic ….


Margot Says:

DAN! DAN! DAN!
TES!


Margot Says:

YES, I mean. LOL!
Or TES = Terrific Evans Swoops!


Willow Says:

Lovely slice BH Dan ;-) ….


FedExpress Says:

Take that haters.
5-2 Fed and serving for the set.


Berghain Says:

Federer is playing amazing.


Willow Says:

Just because you think one player will beat another, doesnt make you a hater Fedexpress, im just gauging both players and their recent form, i just thought Federer might be a bit rusty, ATM he looks solid, nothing spectacular, but Berdych is doing nothing to hurt him, we will see if it continues ….


Berghain Says:

‘nothing spectacular’

Are you joking? The world and every commentator disagree.


FedExpress Says:

hahahaahahha willow. nothing spectacular

break fed to start the 2nd


Willow Says:

Im not a hater, i would just like to see a contest, what i dislike is all the over the top fawning, with each and every shot Federer makes yuck, wish Mats Wilander would just STFU for 5 minutes ….


Willow Says:

Hes solid but i wouldnt say spectacular, but each to their own, and the commontators fawn over every shot he makes, nothing new, always have always will its Federer after all ….


Berghain Says:

Yes Willow you find a lot of things Yuck dont you…

Why I wish for you, it was Nadal being Fawned at, then you could STFU. Some of us enjoy the Fawning. Switch it off of you dont like it. Unbelievable!


Willow Says:

Berghain but i accept you and i will never agree on much anyway, i assume its OK to have an opinion, and not be accused of butting in ? ….


Berghain Says:

No offense meant, before you launch a triad of comments at me.


Willow Says:

What is it with you, attacking me on each and everything i say, Federers an amazing player, but i dont make an issue out of everything he does, and yes that goes for Nadal too, thats why i said id had with haircut talk, impression talk etc, forgive me but im not interested in hearing it everytime they sneeze ? ….


Willow Says:

Yeah but its quite alright whenever your friends launch a triad of comments on me is it ?, and im not attacking you merely giving my opinion ….


Jatin Says:

Hey, guys can’t we all just enjoy the game. Its Fed playing after all, why indulge in unnecessary talks.
Willow, we all know you are not a hater and it was just an honest opinion. And yeah, that Fedal final ( if happens) would be more than a dream come true.


Willow Says:

You should be careful Berghain, as some people here, think its against the rules to but into the conversation of another poster, sorry just saying ….


AndyMira Says:

Yes!maestro IS IN THE MOOD!wooohoooo!!!Hope he can close it out in just 3 sets…C’Mon Rog!!


Jatin Says:

Its so lovely to see fed playing this well even though i can’t watch:(

(just following text commentary and scores)


Willow Says:

Thankyou Jatin, he does look very good i must say, hope your enjoying the match, Federer is really rolling back the years with this performance ….


Berghain Says:

Willow, I never accused you of butting in. This is Federers first proper match in 6 months, and you are here complaining about how you dont like this and that. Its a little ridiculous. I am sure you can understand how that can be irritating. Its not about attacking you.

Its not my job to defend you either. I also don’t spend a lot of time on TX. Why does everything have to be so personal with you? or about you? Just chill out!

I’m definitely not getting drawn into this honey trap of yours. The one where you say something that people disagree with, wait for a reply and turn ut into a long arduous and personal exchange. Haven’t been here long but I’ve seen the pattern.

Im enjoying the Tennis and would appreciate it if this could stop now!


FedExpress Says:

2 sets to love folks.

there goes the prediction of a 4 set loss for fed

little victory


Van Persie Says:

Agree Jatin, I also enjoy the comments :)


J.S. Says:

JATIN -
Federer is dominating the play.
Could we get a Fedal Final? WOW that would be awesome…ya never know, right?


Berghain Says:

Yeah Fed is showing some great form here. Just broke, he is killing it. Hammer!


Daniel Says:

Wow! Wake up and Fed has blood on his eyes, in the zone totally. 2 sets under 1 hour, not giving Berdych ant rhytm.
Hope he can keep on this form at least till Murray in QF. Nishikori is a winnable match also, not great serve and if he also can kee mixing up he has a shot.


Van Persie Says:

Berghain,

Ich hasse Fed, als Mensch, aber nicht als Tennisspieler. Falls er gewinnt, freue ich mich aber fuer dich!
Ehrlich, war mir sicher, Berdych wuerde ihn heute vernichten :)


AndyMira Says:

Oh God!Now Roger playing like an alien from outer space!..he he..Hope rafa wanna be alien too tomorrow!


Willow Says:

Berghain im not trying to draw you into anything, and you have accused me, might not be on this thread, but you have recently, sorry beg to differ there ….


Willow Says:

Its most likely Federer will be back in the top 10 soon, hope your right AndyMira ;-) ….


FedExpress Says:

Van persie

Ganz tief einatmen und dann wieder langsam ausatmen. Es werden bessere Zeiten kommen, mein Freund.

Fed in God mode


J.S. Says:

ANDYMIRA – Lets hope that Alien juice is w/ Rafa tomorrow :). This Fed match is just WOW!! No way I expected this, thought Berdych would be a challenge. This is a CRAZY start to 2017 season.


Van Persie Says:

“Ganz tief einatmen und dann wieder langsam ausatmen. Es werden bessere Zeiten kommen, mein Freund”

Ja, glaube ich dir. Murray wird das erledigen ;)
Scherz


Berghain Says:

J.S

If Fed can finish this Match quickly and keep the next match short, I think there is a good chance he could beat Murray. That match would be physically draining though – no matter who wins. Then it could be Wawrinka before he can even play the final. So well its possible I wouldn’t have to much hope yet! Its a tough task.


Willow Says:

Can we use English please, as its an English speaking forum ? ….


J.S. Says:

BERGHAIN…
One can dream/hope?? LOL
Wawrinka didn’t look great today, he is always beatable. Murray is more likely to cause trouble. Hoping Rafa wins tomorrow in 3 and can beat Raonic….yikes!!

Heard Raonic wasn’t feeling well…anyone know?


Willow Says:

Federer is now in god mode, stick a fork in Berdych, i think Federer could be a dark horse for number 18 ….


Navdeep Says:

Berdych is done and dusted . Fed in this form is tough for anyone.


J.S. Says:

Agree – Berdych is DONE!!
Well MY bracket has Murray/Nadal final….haha!

CANT WAIT FOR TOMORROWS TENNIS!!


Jatin Says:

Its so tough to hide the excitment when you are at work.
I wish i could see the match as both the ongoing commentry and tennis-x commentry making me so excited. Fed is on something, man, can’t wait to catch the highlights of this performance.


Willow Says:

J.S My brackets crashed and burned now, but i wont care if your summary is right ;-) ….


Berghain Says:

Hahah VP Danke! da freue ich mich das du mich unterstützt. Ehrlich gesagt bin ich auch überrascht! Und im Gottes willen, ich hoffe du hast nicht recht! Wäre geil wenn er den murray schlagen würde. Also druck uns Fed Fans lieber den Daumen xd


Willow Says:

Didnt expect this i must say, i would pick either Murray or Federer from this half of the draw now, i just wonder who they would face in the other half ….


Markus Says:

Willow, English is my second language but my parents told us that for good manners, when out in public we should speak the language spoken by everybody in that area. I tell my kids the same because the same thing.


Berghain Says:

Jatin,

Happy after 6 months you can be excited hihi.


Navdeep Says:

For J.S. bracket, give me hell yeah!


Markus Says:

…oops, should be”…tell my kids the same thing.”


Willow Says:

Berghain im not looking for a quarrel in any way, shape or form, its just that this is an English speaking forum, so its disrespectful to other posters, when posters dont know what other posters are talking about ….


Willow Says:

Thankyou Markus ;-) ….


Navdeep Says:

Imagine the atmosphere if fedal makes the final


Willow Says:

WOW Congrats Jatin, very good performance from Federer ….


Berghain Says:

VP, why dont do me a personal favor and root for Fed, just this tournament. Djokovic is out, you have nothing to lose. Then as a reward- If he goes on to win the tournament, Ill send you a german treat.


AndyMira Says:

@Willow…U know,personally i think to get back into the Top 10 that’s makes Rog produce such an amazing perfomance tonight…A player of his calibre just won’t settle for anything other than Top 4…

@J.S…I will send rafa my telepathic potion tomorrow…don’t u worry ok?


Willow Says:

Navdeep we havent had one for a while, was it 2011 FO ? ….


Van Persie Says:

Congrats Berghain :)

“Also druck uns Fed Fans lieber den Daumen xd” Verlangst ein bisschen zu viel jetzt. Meinst du nicht? Hehe

Have a lovely day ;)x


Giles Says:

Navdeep. That would be awesome. 🤙


Daniel Says:

It will like adjetives in press for what Fed did today against world #10 in 1h and 30 min;-)

He was like Sampras, one break and quick hold on serves. Exploring a lot the corner, alluring Berdy to the net and a show of passing shots. Impressive.

One match at a time cliche now, next Kei.


Berghain Says:

Wollow just leave it will you, you are not the moderator are you? Just to show you some context, you mentioned to me there is a forum on tennisgrand when I posted a reply to CF1 – few lines and maybe a bit of politics. You though are perfectly happy using this website as your person training ground for copy paste practice, and god knows what else – non stop. So don’t go lecturing me about forum rules.


Van Persie Says:

Berghain,

7;09…well, I cannot do that….it is so difficult for me. You do not know, what you are asking from me…but, I will be glad for you, if he wins. :)


Van Persie Says:

P.S. ..also glad for Daniel, he’s cool
Congrats Daniel!


Navdeep Says:

Willow yup ur right . It’s been almost 6 years since we have seen the spectacle.


Berghain Says:

VP

Ja natürlich! aber du musst dafür arbeiten haha. Ja ich wünsch dir auch ein ganz toller Tag! Und bis bald ;)


Willow Says:

Navdeep but we have never had a Murray / Nadal final at a GS either ;-) ….


Daniel Says:

The problem with Fed’s is that next match he can be awful, the consistency aspect is what fade the most with age. Hope he can keep this level.


J.S. Says:

If Fed continues with that play he will easily get past Nishikori. This changes everything for me – Can’t wait to see what Rafa does tomorrow. Fed played crazy today…..

6 years…Can you imagine the price of those tickets?


skeezer Says:

Fed. Sublime. When he plays like this there is nothing better in Tennis to watch. Was awesome.👍🎾


Navdeep Says:

Willow I’ll be happy for any of the two, as long as Rafa bites the cup!


Berghain Says:

VP

I can understand how you Feel. Maybe if Nadal becomes a threat you will cheer Fed? Just so he doesn’t go far ahead of Novak in Slam count?

Yeah im sorry about Novak, never said anything. I like him too, have a history of cheering him, specially after my last GF (being Serbian) and the girl im dating – also Sebian hihi. Once youve had a serbian Gf it sticks. Only one rule – gotta cheer Novak haha.


Van Persie Says:

Berghain,

Well, if Fed meets Rafa…think I would be so…70% with Rafa. Sorry I have to be honest :D
30% with Fed for the nice fans, that I know.
Slam count, do not know…Novak has to prove, he still cares about that. Until then, it is on hold, like WB said.

Hehe, looks like you have a weakness for Serbian girls. very cool. I also dated long time ago a Serbian guy, but was enough for me. hehe. Good, that you are still trying (just teasing now a bit the Serbian folks from this site). BTW, I love Serbian parties :)
Nice to know, that you can cheer for Novak. Perhaps if I would date a Swiss, I would cheer for Fed :)

Am really off now, have a lovely weekend ;)


Willow Says:

Navdeep yeah me too, nice to see another Nadal fan here BTW ;-) ….


Giles Says:

Alison. ” English speaking forum” you say?? How come you have never ever pulled up WB and Courbon for interacting in Serbian, eh?? Trying to bully a not so frequent poster, I’d say! 😡😣🙄


Berghain Says:

Hahah well they are very feminine and caring.

Thx have a wonderful weekend too. Im off to the gym and will rewatch the second and third set during cardio. One ear bud tennis match, the other techno. Enjoy :)


Van Persie Says:

“they are very feminine and caring”

Could not help myself: you mean the Swiss, with the above?


Van Persie Says:

^^I am a woman, and old fashioned….prefer the males.


Willow Says:

Jatin, Federer was superb, what more can i say, enjoy the highlights when you get to see them ….


Willow Says:

J.S There might not be much mileage left in the Fedal rivalry, but its still the one that the crowds swoon over, imagine the buzz if bothe get there ….


Willow Says:

Stan hasnt looked that great this tourney, but seems to save his best for the GS ….


Markus Says:

Federer and Nadal are still the biggest draws in tennis which is just right being these two are the best ever. 17 and 14 and still going strong. They may not add more to those numbers, but hey, those are the top two records right now. They are both very likable, too.


Willow Says:

Markus ;-) ….


Berghain Says:

Very funny Vp. I meant the Serbian Girls – did I metion hot? amazing figures. honestly I cant stand swiss girls. They are stuck up and the swiss german is not exactly my cup of tea. Have dated one, that was enough. And I was not talking about Federer – if that was a subtle tease you witzbeutel u, xd.


Willow Says:

Giles OK youve made made you point ….


J.S. Says:

Markus and Willow….
I can’t wait to see if Nadal can pull off the W tomorrow against Zverev. It will be a tough match and exciting. Maybe Roger will share some Alien Juice w/ his pal Rafa.


Willow Says:

Giles also thats fair enough, but i dont appreciate been called a bully, thats one thing im certainly not ….


Willow Says:

J.S Yet again i wont see it though, middle of the night for me, and i have work early in the morning, hopefully i will wake up to happy news ;-) ….


Van Persie Says:

Berghain,

Haha, about Fed :)
Yep, agree, many Serbian women and men are special. I also have nice memories with my ex serbian date, but life had other plans with us both.

Well, have to pepare myself for a trip now. No tennis for me this weekend. Wish that Sascha wins tomorrow. I really like this kid. Will not be easy against Rafa, but he has his chances.
Byes!


Markus Says:

Willow, a bully? Isn’t it the other way around? She gets insulted a lot, sometimes very personal insults, when she expresses her opinion and now she is a bully? I have not been here often but if Willow has indeed become one, good for her. Fight back and bully those bullies, Willow.

Back to tennis. I like Zverev. To me he has best potential of those who have come after the big 4. But against Nadal, I hope Nadal prevails. Slams are never more exciting than when Roger and Rafa make it to the second week and the prospect of a match featuring these two is always more exciting than any match-up. They are the grand gentlemen of tennis.


J.S. Says:

VAN PERSIE
Sorry, who is Sascha??

Safe Travels :)


AndyMira Says:

Awwww!Markus!….Such a sweet comments regarding Rafa and Rog!….Thank u,thank u,thank u..Farah Diba loves u more and more now!..he he..


jatin Says:

Thanks willow. Just saw the highlights and fed was just firing all cylinders. His backhand looked so lethal and he is hitting his forehands much flatter after his comeback which is such a nice change.
I am excited to watch rafa’s match tomorrow


Navdeep Says:

Karin is an Indian name, isn’t ?


Navdeep Says:

jatin is an Indian name, isn’t ?


Navdeep Says:

sorry I mean jatin


RZ Says:

@Markus – nice to see you here. Since you made an appearance, I take it upon myself on behalf of Andy fans to remind you that you need to continue to abstain from watching his matches. I’m doing my part by not watching but we need your help too! :-)


RZ Says:

@J.S. – Sasha is short for Alexander/Alexandra, so VP was referring to Alexander Zverev.


J-Kath Says:

RZ:

Re. your post to Markus……have I missed something??????????????????


RZ Says:

In the past there have been cases of Markus watching Andy and it not going so well for our favorite player, so he’s on the Not-Allowed-To-Watch-Andy list like me. :-)


Willow Says:

Markus @ January 20th 10.03 am, thankyou very much i appreciate that, i can be quite fiesty and opinionated, and i will defend myself, but im not a bully ….


Willow Says:

Navdeep sorry i know you were not talking to me, but yeah i think Jatin told me once before that hes Indian, are you Indian too, your name sounds like you are, but my apologies if you are not ! ….


Margot Says:

Glad you made that clear RZ, don’t want any slippage from either of you!


Navdeep Says:

Willow Thanx for the info n Yes I am Indian


Willow Says:

Navdeep There used to be two other posters called Rishi, and Ajet both Indian too, they were also two great posters, really miss them both, shame they are not here ….


RZ Says:

@Margot – I was tempted last night but refrained from watching. No slippage from me!


J.S. Says:

kjb Says:
“Why on earth is Murray playing in Hisense Arena?”

ANDY said in press conference he was given the choice to play 1st match in Big Stadium or later in the day at Hisense< he chose the latter!! HIS CHOICE! Tickets are free there, wow!

Looks like I will see Zverev in Rotterdam and Monte Carlo. I like the kid too…he doesn't have the issues and seems to be more disciplined over some of the other youngsters.
BUT BUT I don't want him to win tomorrow….SORRY!!!

Rooting for MY RAFA!


Markus Says:

I continue to honor my banishment from watching Andy’s matches. I won’trecord them because they have the same effect which I painfully found out when I taped his last match with Novak. Sorry!!!

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