Wimbeldon Preview – Kevin Anderson Vs. Tomas Berdych
As if the Wimbledon tournament hadn’t lost enough seeded players during the first week of action, two of the remaining seeded players will be facing each other in the next round and only one will survive. Kevin Anderson, the 27th seed in the tournament, will have his hands full when he takes on the seven seed, Tomas Berdych.
Anderson had a relatively easy first round match when he took out Olivier Rochus of Belgium in straight sets (6/4, 6/2, 6/1). His second round match-up against Michal Przysiezny of Poland was a little more difficult, but he was still able to prevail in straight sets (6/4, 7/6, 6/4).
Berdych faced Martin Klizan of Slovakia in the first round of the Grand Slam and emerged the victor a little less than two hours later by a score of 6/3, 6/4, 6/4. In the second round Berdych met Daniel Brands of Germany and prevailed once more in straight sets (7/6, 6/4, 6/2).
Berdych and Anderson have faced each other eight times before their third round match-up. Berdych has taken all eight of the matches, starting at the Australian Open in 2012. They have never faced each other on grass courts before, but the surface they have been playing on (four matches on hard court and four matches on clay) has not altered the fact that Berdych is undefeated against Anderson.
In his career, Berdych has played on grass 58 times and holds a 40-18 record. Anderson, on the other hand, has played on grass 23 times in his career and has a dismal 10-13 recod. This latest match-up does not look like it is going to end well for Anderson, but the way that underdogs have been prevailing this week, you never can tell.