Roger Federer vs Tomas Berdych live stream.Roger Federer vs Tomas Berdych Australian Open tennis preview, predictions and tips: Federer targets 20th win over Berdych in quarter-finals.watch free now
Tomas Berdych beat Roger Federer in a famous three-set triumph in their first ever meeting all the way back in 2004 at the Athens Olympics? It goes without saying so much has happened since then (with Federer arguably claiming the mantle as the greatest player ever to pick up a racquet), but, 14 years later, could Berdych conjure up another memorable victory over the Swiss legend? Federer leads their head-to-head 19-6 and has won their last eight encounters, including four at the Australian Open and one on Rod Laver Arena 12 months ago, which was ultimately the catalyst match that led to Federer’s title in Melbourne and overall resurgence throughout 2017. However, Berdych is playing his best tennis in years this tournament after shaking off a back injury in the off-season. It’s must-watch quarter-final tennis as Federer and Berdych take to court around…
It’s been smoothing sailing for Federer so far as he attempts to defend the Australian Open title he won in such extraordinary circumstances last season, advancing into the quarter-finals at Melbourne Park for the 14th time. Currently on an 11-match winning streak at the Australian Open, the 36-year-old Federer is now the oldest man to reach the quarter-finals since iconic Aussie Ken Rosewall did in 1977 at the age of 43.
Out of all the top seeds, Federer has certainly had the most comfortable path to the last eight. He’s been fortunate enough to receive the added benefit of playing the bulk of his matches at night while others have been forced to play through inhuman 40C temperatures during the day, while his opponents haven’t exactly been proven world-beaters, with Aljaz Bedene, Jan-Lennard Struff, Richard Gasquet (forever underwhelming against top 10 players) and Marton Fucsovics providing little resistance. In fact, it was the inexperienced (at this level) Fucsovics who arguably challenged Federer the most out of that aforementioned foursome, with the Hungarian making a solid match of it throughout the first two sets of a 6-4 7-6(3) 6-2 scoreline before he faded away in the third.
Nobody could have foreseen just how incredible Federer’s resurgence was in 2017 as the Swiss maestro bagged himself seven titles, including two more slams at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, three ATP Masters 1000 crowns in Indian Wells, Miami and Shanghai, another Halle trophy on grass and one more home triumph at the Swiss Indoors in Basel. In turn, it begs the question of whether Federer can repeat (or come close) to those achievements in 2018. With Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray still battling injury concerns and recovering from surgery respectively, his two biggest rivals (apart from obviously Rafael Nadal) are again absent or are surrounded by doubt. There’s every chance he could.