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Having reached the finals of the Madrid Masters in May, it seemed as if Berdych was headed to greater things this year. That bubble however burst early in the French Open itself, and the Czech has struggled ever since. Having been eliminated early on at Wimbledon and the Olympics, Berdych would welcome a change in surface.
The former Wimbledon finalist has a lot to prove as he takes stance in Flushing Meadows. What will undoubtedly work in his favour is the fact that other seeds come into the event exhausted after a long summer at the Olympics and Wimbledon. His win-loss record stands 41-16 at this year. Last week at the Winston Salem Open, Berdych squandered two championship points to hand the title to John Isner. The Czech might be a little low on confidence but with his game, Berdych still holds a few good cards.
His opponent – David Goffin is an emerging talent and says his idol is the great Roger Federer. He played extremely well at Roland Garros taking a set off of his idol. He started his year as the 174th player in the world and is now ranked at 56. This kid has a long way to go and really is the rising star of tennis. His win-loss record of 15-13 is incredible considering his rank.
These two have never played before, but expect a close match as Goffin is improving with every top flight match, while Berdych has looked jittery this year.
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