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Todd’s Tennis Takes – Wimbledon Semis, 2010

So Berdych comes through in beating Fed, only needs four sets, and shows the tennis world that indeed Fed’s aura has even taken a hit on the lawn, where he will fail to be in the finals of Wimby for the first time since 2002, and for the 2nd slam in a row, will miss the semis.

Berdych played well, very steady, strong groundstrokes, but make no mistake, Fed of ’04-’06 wins this match in 3 or 4 sets. Turning 29 this August, Fed is in the sights of Father Time…and the results tell the tale – heck, how can this result be so shocking if Falla was serving for the match against him in the 1st round…Alejandro Falla!!!!!

Berdych – Djokovic   Berd plays Djokovic in one semi, after Djoker steamrolled ‘happy to be here’ Lu, losing only 7 games in the entire match.  I think the young but veteran Djokovic, who’s actually 20 months younger than Berd Dog (b. 5/87 vs. Berd’s 9/85), will take down the tall (6’5″) Czech in 4 sets.  For the 2nd slam in a row, Berd has exceeded expectations, making the semis, but I think he will again be rebuffed by a player who’s been there before, in this case a 7 time Grand Slam semifinalist, including here in 2007. Djoker will play better defense than Fed, and commit less easy unforced errors. I think he’ll also do a better job abusing Berdych’s very average 2nd serve. He’s -120 in this match (so is Berd Dog)…I’ll take the resurgent Serbian to make his third career Grand Slam final.

Nadal – Murray   I love Nadal here.  He thumped Murray here two years ago on his way to his only Wimbledon title, and owns a 7-3 record vs. Murray lifetime, though Murray’s won 3 of the last 5 encounters, including the Aussie this year when Nadal had to retire down two sets.  Murray has made two slam finals in his life (’08 US Open, ’10 Aussie), losing poorly in both matches to Fed. Nadal has 7 slam trophys in his living room. Nadal is a beast who digs deep seemingly every point, and chases down balls like few if any have ever done before.  Murray’s 2nd serve will be jumped on by the Spaniard, and I expect 3 or 4 breaks from Rafa in the match. He’s only -170 to win, a decent risk in my book. You’re only paid +130 for risking it on the Scot.

Tomas Berdych and Roger Federer
Picture –  Andy Bull at Wimbledonguardian.co.uk

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