It’s finals day at the China Open on Sunday, and first up in the men's side of the bracket Tomas Berdych takes on Marin Cilic before the ladies take centre stage and Agnieszka Radwanska meets Andrea Petkovic.

Tomas Berdych v Marin Cilic 

After tough years for both these players, they’ll certainly be delighted to have come through to the final, and with neither having picked up a tour title so far in 2011 there’ll certainly be a battle on to take home Tomas Berdycha prestigious trophy here in China

Tomas Berdych has struggled for confidence at times over the course of 2011 and having been defeated at the semi-final stage five times previously in 2011, even the tennis odds makers went against him as he met in-from Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, in Saturday’s semi-final. 

Berdych, who has been on top of his game all week in China, took control of his first tout meeting with the Frenchman early on and despite wobbling a little to lose the second set, the Czech No.1 came back strongly in the decider, running out to a 6-1 win. 

Having finally overcome a semi-final hurdle and beaten Verdasco and Melzer already this week, Berdych will feel confident of victory in Sunday’s final and, currently ranked 10th in the race for London, the ranking points that come with victory here will ensure his motivation remains high. 

Marin Cilic hasn’t won a tour title since February of last year, and like his opponent on Sunday, the 23-year-old Croatian has been suffering a little with confidence. 

Wins over Anderson and Ljubicic so far this week will have given the World No.25 a boost, however he has dropped sets here and it’s probably fair to say Cilic has had a far easier run through to the final than Berdych. 


The pair have met three times previously in their careers and it’s Berdych who holds a 2-1 advantage. However Cilic won their most recent meeting in Marseilles, this year, coming through comfortably in straight sets. 


Both men will be desperate to end their barren spells on Sunday afternoon in China, but for me it’s Tomas Berdych who’ll have the edge. Having finally made it past the semi-final stage and having played some great tennis against top quality opponents, he’s looking in perfect shape and should be able to see off the Croatian challenge in straight sets. 

Tomas Berdych to win the match – 2/5 – William Hill

Berdych to win 2-0 – 11/10


Agnieszka Radwanska v Andrea Petkovic 

It’ll be Germany v Poland in China on Sunday as World No.11, Andrea Petkovic takes on World No.12 Agnieszka Radwanska.

This one is hugely tough to call for tennis betting. Both women have had superb weeks here in China and they both have a title to their names so far in 2011. Petkovic seems to have had a slightly tougher run through to the final, especially as she has had to play a game more than her Polish rival, who received a bye through the first round. Wins over Bartoli and Pavlyuchenkova will have really boosted the young German’s confidence ahead of this one. 


It’s the head-to-head stats which finally shows us a split between the pair. They have met four times so far on the tour and Radwanska has won all four meetings. All their matches have been played on hard courts, including two matches earlier this year, and it’s the Pole who has an 8 sets to 2 lead.


Although these two are ranked side-by-side and have both played well to reach this stage, the tennis bookmakers have certainly taken the head-to-head records into account and have priced Radwanska up as a big favourite for this one.

For me, this is almost impossible to call so why not take advantage of some very generous odds on Petkovic and back her to take her first match against Radwanska.

Andrea Petkovic to win 9/5 – Victor Chandler

Andrea Petkovic to win 2-1 – 22/5