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Novak Djokovic vs Tomas Berdych - Wimbledon Quarter-finals preview and odds

Published on: 12/07/2017

Novak Djokovic vs Tomas Berdych - Wimbledon Quarter-finals preview and odds

July 12, 2017 14:00am - Wimbledon

Wimbledon Championships Men’s Tennis

Having played out his fourth round match a day late, Novak Djokovic is the only player in the quarter-final draw not to have benefitted from a rest day ahead of Wednesday`s round of matches. Waiting for the Serbian on Court One will be World No. 15 Tomas Berdych.

Djokovic has yet to make it beyond the quarter-final stage of a Grand Slam in 2017, so this game represents an opportunity for him to confirm his return to form at the elite level. Despite a lack of rest, he made light work of his fourth round opponent Adrian Mannarino, easing past him in straight sets.

The three-time former champion has not been at his best since beating Murray in Doha back in January although his recent win at Eastbourne gave a hint that his grass game was back on track. However, he has been carrying a shoulder injury and that could come into play should this match stretch beyond three sets.

Meanwhile, Tomas Berdych has surprised many by reaching this stage, beating David Ferrer and Dominic Thiem in the process. The 31-year-old made it to the final here in 2010 and has reached the semi-final of every Grand Slam event at least once. However, he has always been one step away from breaking into the elite category of players.

The Czech star needed five sets to topple Thiem in the last round but he was never broken and his service game drew plenty of plaudits. He will need to bring that serve here against a player who he has only beaten twice in 27 meetings. One of those victories cane at the semi-final stage here in 2010.

Betting odds and tips

Djokovic has yet to drop a set on grass this summer and is fairly priced at Evens to match that feat again here.

You can back Djokovic to win in three sets at Evens with Bet365.

By Neil Morris

Published on: 12/07/2017

Any odds displayed within this preview were correct at the time of publishing (12/07/2017 10:20:54) but are subject to change.