Novak Djokovic meets Andy Roddick in the second match on Friday, November 26, in what is crucial to both men’s chances of qualifying for the semi-finals.
Although Roddick has lost both his previous matches, the American could still qualify if he beat the Serbian in straight sets, provided Nadal beats Berdych in the other match.
With Nadal favoured to prevail over Berdych, we can expect Roddick to come out firing on all cylinders.
Head to head, Roddick leads Djokovic 5-2. Interestingly, all seven meetings between these men have been on hard courts. The last one, at Cincinnati, earlier this year, was won by the American, in straight sets.
Two matches between the men have come at Grand Slams, the 2008 US Open and the 2009 Australian Open. Djokovic beat Roddick in the first, and retired in the fourth set of the second, with Roddick leading by 2 sets to 1. Both men have had similar fortunes in 2010, winning two titles each.
Going by current form, Roddick will find Djokovic hard to beat, leave alone in straight sets. The Serbian thrashed Berdych in his first round robin match, and lost to Nadal in the second, a loss he blamed on poor vision owing to faulty contact lenses he wore on the day.
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