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Berdych vs Krajinovic ATP Montpellier Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Can Berdych extend perfect Montpellier record and reach his second semi-final of 2019?

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 7 Feb 2019
  • Tomas Berdych vs Filip Krajinovic is live from Montpellier on Friday, 8 February from 2:00pm local time/ 1:00pm GMT
  • Berdych and Krajinovic meet for the first time
Tomas Berdych. (Photo by KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Tomas Berdych targets his second semi-final of the season when he takes on Serbia's Filip Krajinovic at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier on Friday.

Looking re-energized and refreshed this year after missing the final six months of last season due to a back injury, Berdych has compiled an impressive 9-2 record in 2019, reaching the final in Doha- his first tournament back on the tour after his lengthy lay-off- the fourth round of the Australian Open, where he beat seeded players, Kyle Edmund and Diego Schwartzman before falling to Rafael Nadal, and now, the quarter finals in Montpellier.

Berdych won the Montpellier title in his only previous visit to the tournament, back in 2012 when he beat Gael Monfils in the final, and he has stretched his record at the ATP 250 meet to 6-0 after wins over Matthias Bachinger and Benoit Paire this week. He was made to work hard by Bachinger in the first round, recovering from the loss of the opening set to win in three, but he made light work of former finalist, Paire in the second round, winning eight straight games from 4-2 to run away with the victory after just 58 minutes. Berdych lost just five points on his first serve, and saved the two break points he faces in a thorough beatdown of the disappointing Paire. 

The Czech is currently ranked outside the top 70, but he has played more like a top 20 player this season, and at this rate, he is definitely well on course to regain his previous loftier status on the rankings. The 33-year-old is also looking to end a title drought that is nearing two and a half years, with the most recent of his 13 career titles coming in Shenzhen in October 2016.

His next step in Montpellier is a quarter final against Filip Krajinovic on Friday.


Filip Krajinovic. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
Krajinovic has put together two quality wins this week, beating Nicolas Mahut and former world No. 7, David Goffin to reach his first quarter final of the season. The Serbian saved all four break points he faced, while he converted two of his 11 opportunities to take down Goffin 6-4 6-4. 

A first serve percentage of 72% set the foundation for a solid performance, while he converted 74% of points on his first serve and 67% on his second. Krajinovic is playing just his second tournament of the year, the other being the Australian Open, where he beat Marco Cecchinato and Evgeny Donskoy before falling to Borna Coric in the third round.

The 26-year-old a fantastic talent, but he has so far been prevented from fulfilling his potential by a series of injury setbacks. He had a really good run in 2017, especially the latter half when he won four Challenger titles and reached the final of the Paris Masters to break into the top 40 for the first time in his career, but he never really built on that in 2018 as his injury problems persisted, and he was down at 94th by the end of the year after failing to defend runner-up points in Paris (he was beaten by eventual champion, Karen Khachanov in the first round). His best result last season was a semi-final in Dubai, while he made quarter finals in Marseille, Beijing and Moscow.

Krajinovic will take plenty of heart from his week so far in Montpellier, especially the way he took out Goffin in the second round, as he goes into a first ever meeting with Tomas Berdych on Friday. The Serbian has certainly got the ball-striking skills to worry Berdych, but the Czech has been playing some of his best tennis in recent years since the start of this season, and should extend his unbeaten record in Montpellier on Friday.

Tomas Berdych vs Filip Krajinovic is live from Montpellier on Friday, 8 February from 2:00pm local time/ 1:00pm GMT

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Berdych vs Krajinovic ATP Montpellier Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Can Berdych extend perfect Montpellier record and reach his second semi-final of 2019?

Tomas Berdych takes on Filip Krajinovic in the quarter finals of the Open Sud de France on Friday. Can the Czech reach his second semi-final of the season? Read our preview, predictions and stream the match live online.

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