• Berdych begins Halle campaign against Troicki

    6/13/12 3:06 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Berdych begins Halle campaign against Troicki Tomas Berdych will contest his Halle opener on Tuesday against Viktor Troicki. A place in the quarterfinals is at stake.

    Tomas Berdych and Viktor Troicki will be meeting for the fifth time in their careers when they do battle in the second round of the Gerry Weber Open on Wednesday.

    Berdych leads the head-to-head series 3-1, including 1-0 on grass. They faced each other in the quarterfinals of this same Halle event last year, when Berdych cruised 7-6(3), 6-1. The Czech won their most recent encounter 6-2, 6-1, 6-2, with home-court advantage on clay in Davis Cup.

    Current form also favors Berdych, who is a stellar 34-10 for his 2012 campaign. The world No. 7 recently finished runner-up on the blue clay of Madrid and he is coming off a fourth-round showing at Roland Garros (lost to Juan Martin Del Potro). Berdych earned an opening-round bye this week as the No. 3 seed.

    Troicki peaked near the Top 10 last summer, but he is struggling down at No. 33 in the world right now. The Serb has reach only two quarterfinals this season (Doha and Rotterdam) and he had an even record in ATP tournaments before beating Benjamin Becker in round one. Troicki played two five-setters at the French Open, beating Thomaz Bellucci before succumbing to Fabio Fognini.

    A fast grass-court service also favors Berdych, whose big serve and flat groundstrokes will give his opponent a world of trouble. Count on another straight-set victory for the heavy favorite.

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