I know that Berdych is very talented but how much of his potential has he shown this season? I mean, on paper, this could have been a tough match but is anybody really surprised that this was a straight sets defeat?
Well, he has beaten three Top 20 players. I was reading somewhere, either here or on a professional website, that he didn't stand much of a chance against Federer since he'd only beaten three Top 20 players this year, Hewitt, Nalbandian and Kiefer, and I thought: you know, a lot of players would like to say they only beat a mere three opponents in the Top 20.
With the win over Nalbandian in Dusseldorf I believe he is the only player to have victories over all the current Top 4 in the last couple of years.
As for the match today, well no, I wasn't tremendously surprised. I thought it could be a good contest, but I found it laughable when someone predicted that Berdych could be Federer's marathon 4-hour test - I mean, look at the way that the two men play, they're not going to be out there grinding each other into the dust for rally after rally. The weather was hot today, which gave him more of a chance to penetrate off the ground, but to be honest best of five on clay is the worst possible circumstances for Berdych to face Federer, given that he hits flat with a low margin for error. I would imagine best of three indoors would be the ideal setting for him, given his win in Paris last year, although Federer is obviously no indoor slouch either.