Tomas Berdych vs Karen Khachanov
Match Starts: February 24, 2018, Saturday 9AM Eastern
Last year’s semi finalist Tomas Berdych has reach semi finals once again but this time he will be challenge by another big hitter Karen Khachanov. Will it be a win this time for the Czech or the Russian will advance?
The rank #17 Tomas Berdych is playing as the 4th seed player of the Marsille Open having been past Italian qualifier Stefano Travagliain during the 2nd round of the tournament and has benefited a default win after 7th seed Damir Dzumhur retires right after the 1st set yesterday.
While rank #48 Karen Khachanov is the 9th seed player of this tournament advances to the semis coming from a straight wins over three quality players, a qualifier Ruben Bemelmans ( 63, 76(2), German Mischa Zverev (62,61) and Julien Benneteau (64,64)
Their head-to-head records shows that this will be their second time to meet in the tennis court. Their first matched up was played in the clay surface during the French Open 2017 which the Czech was the 13th seed player but the match was dominated by the Russian with an impressive straight set win.
But todays match will be played in an Indoor Hard surface where Berdych has a very impressive Win/Loss performance of 134/80 or approximately 63% unlike Khachanov with 67/44 or 60% W/L percentage. That 3% advantage of Berdych is huge because he was mostly matched up with players from rank top 100.
In the hard surface, Berdych has a 3% advantage in the service game win percentage with his 84% compared to Khachanov with only 81%. In addition, another 3% advantage in break point conversion with 42% against the 39% of the Russian. And a slight advantage in saving break points with 64% on the Czech player compared to 63% of the Russian.
Deuce Bet: Tomas Berdych has been aiming for the trophy of this Marseille tournament for along time and is also very good in this kind of surface. Berdych looks better in their hard surface numbers and the experience he have will be his weapon.
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