Djokovic vs. Berdych Tennis Picks: Novak the Odds Favorite for ATP London Finals

João Mourato

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 4:38 PM UTC

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015 4:38 PM UTC

Join us for this Thursday ATP London Finals action where Djokovic will look to bounce back after a disappointing loss. Find out our top tennis selection and the best bookmaker to place your wager.

Novak Djokovic (1) vs Tomas Berdych (6)
As we predicted in our tournament preview, Novak Djokovic struggled to keep the high level and Roger Federer took advantage of that to defeat the Serbian. Djokovic was extremely erratic, ending the match with 12 winners / 22 unforced errors.

Despite the loss, Novak’s chances to book a place on next stage are quite good and he might even qualify with a loss on this match. The last time that Djokovic didn’t reach semifinals was in 2011, since then he always left London with the trophy.

After losing the first two matches, Tomas Berdych possibilities to reach the next stage are very low. The Czech needs to defeat Djokovic and wait for Federer to emerge victorious on his contest against Kei Nishikori.

As stated before, Berdych has been extremely inconsistent in recent months. This week, the Czech only placed 47% first serve, winning just 43.5% of points with second serve. The courts are quite slow and Tomas is trying to be extra aggressive from the baseline, however his winners/unforced errors ratio is at 0.714 this week.

Djokovic leads h2h 20 – 2 with three victories this year, however the Czech gave a very good fight on those meetings. After winning a set in the first two contests, Berdych only lost by 6 – 7 6 – 7 at ATP Paris.

Despite being able to cause some problems to Djokovic earlier this year, there isn’t much the Czech can do on this match. Berdych’s powerful shots are far from effective on these slow courts and Djokovic’s baseline consistency will be too much for Tomas.

Novak will look to regain his dominance with an authoritarian performance after a poor loss. With this in mind we’ll add the Serbian spread tennis odds to our tennis picks on this match.

Tennis Pick: Novak Djokovic -5 (-123) at Pinnacle

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