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Old 09-04-2012, 08:57 AM   #1
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Default Why is berdych so tough for federer?

Everytime berdych plays federer, berdych is dictating at least half the points. Call it ball-bashing, but berdych is a very talented ball striker and the game seems to come very easy for him against federer.

What gives? Why is berdych so comfortable playing against federer, while someone like soderling isn't? Is it because soderling is more of a pure ball basher, while berdych constructs his points better (berdych is also way better volleyer than soderling).

Hell, it seems like berdych gives more issues to federer than del potro.
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Default Re: Why is berdych so tough for federer?

During rallies, balls go perfectly into Berdych's strike zone. I don't know why, but when Berdych faces Fed, his footwork is at least 500% better than usual. That's the difference between delPo and Soderling. The footwork against Fed.
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During rallies, balls go perfectly into Berdych's strike zone. I don't know why, but when Berdych faces Fed, his footwork is at least 500% better than usual. That's the difference between delPo and Soderling. The footwork against Fed.
very true. Against federer, berdych plays like a 6"2 player with flawless footwork. Against someone like nadal, he is always messing up his footwork. Makes no sense
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Default Re: Why is berdych so tough for federer?

He usually plays his 800% when against Fed. Don't know why. Maybe like Nadal, he just enjoys playing Fed.
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Default Re: Why is berdych so tough for federer?

The head to head is 11-4 in Federer's favour nonetheless
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Default Re: Why is berdych so tough for federer?

Berdych was injured during those times, so it doesn't count. As was Federer in those 4 losses
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Default Re: Why is berdych so tough for federer?

It is because Berdych can put Federer on the defensive from the first ball on return and ever since 2008 Federer cant survive when beeing on the defensive, his feet arent fast enought.

In his peak Federer was fast enought on court to find a way to turn defense to offense in a heartbeat but in the later part of his career he doesnt find it so easy to play these power players and need to always take the first initiative against them and keep them guessing on return, be more offensive on their 2nd serves (the short slice return just doesnt help him when facing real one-two strike players).

Soderling, Tsonga and Del Potro are less of a problem because their return of serve is much worse than Berdych's and Berdych is also better than all of them dealing with Federer's slice.
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Berdych's flat shots can hit through Olderer's defense - plus Berdych returns Olderer's first serve well and annihilates his second, that effectively means Olderer starts FS rallies on neutral and second serve rallies immediately under attack. Berdych also does not fear to finish points at the net and has good serve himself,which makes it hard for Olderer's joke return to break him.
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Berdych's flat shots can hit through Olderer's defense - plus Berdych returns Olderer's first serve well and annihilates his second, that effectively means Olderer starts FS rallies on neutral and second serve rallies immediately under attack. Berdych also does not fear to finish points at the net and has good serve himself,which makes it hard for Olderer's joke return to break him.
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But yeah he just hits it hard and flat, and goes after the second serve. I can see it being one sided if Fed can get the first set and the early break in the second.
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Default Re: Why is berdych so tough for federer?

berdych is arrogant classless.
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Default Re: Why is berdych so tough for federer?

Federer has a problem with big hitters, especially on slower conditions. Berdych is not an exception, Olderer should have lost to Del Potro at RG QF this year if Juan was fit.

Has already lost to Potro, Soderling, Tsonga and Berdych in slams.

On fast, low bouncing conditions, Fed can still trump these guys with angles and variations.
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As Roger has gotten older, it has become more difficult for him to neutralize power hitters because his own ROS and explosiveness has declined. He is currently playing smarter than ever, but he pretty much can't go toe-to-toe with a power hitter and win anymore (like he did with safin, gonzo etc). This could be why berdych is dominating most points.

Furthermore, I've noticed that berdych can attack even deep slices very well with his forehand, and the slice is roger's go-to tactic when he is defending. He is therefore a very dangerous opponent for Roger, who has to come out guns blazing in the QF or he may well lose.
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SIMPLE: Everyone plays great against Roger - EVERYONE..(they almost all play at their highest level) bcs they know who's on the other side...Phau played great too..
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Because Roger has declined.
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Because Roger has declined.
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