Berdych folds under the pressure

022015 Roger FedererBNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells

[CR2] Roger Federer (SUI) vs. [CR9] Tomas Berdych (CZE)

It is amazing how Federer can make some of his opponents look inept.  Berdych appeared confused as he stood around waiting for Federer to dictate play.  The result was a thrashing by Federer, losing 4-6, 0-6.  How does a top ten player fall apart so easily? Berdych has a history of struggling to beat members of the top four; however, earlier this year when he emphatically defeated Rafael Nadal, it appeared that he had overcome his mental block.  Then, he played with belief and struck the ball with conviction.  Unfortunately that victory was a result of extenuating circumstances and Berdych has not backed up that victory against the other top four players.

Who will be Federer’s next opponent?  It seemed as if Nadal had gotten off to a good start; however, he has regressed to playing tentatively and the match is now in a third set.  Does Federer prefer playing Nadal or [CR6] Milos Raonic (CAN)?

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