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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Indian Wells: points won directly behind the serve:
    39 % Berdych – 26 of 66
    36 % Anderson – 24 of 66

    Paris: points won directly behind the serve:
    39 % Berdych – 41 of 103
    31 % Anderson – 32 of 101

    Berdych and Anderson faced each other twelve times within three seasons and all matches won the Czech player, either at Masters 1K events or majors! Their H2H records year-by-year: 2012: 4-0… 2013: 5-0… 2014: 3-0…
    Their match at Indian Wells lasted 91 minutes; Paris, last meeting – 2 hours 34 minutes, Anderson led *3:1 & 4:3 (deuce, after Berdych’s 3 double faults) in the 3rd set. There was ‘deuce’ at 4-all so Anderson was six points away from victory equalling his previous best performance against Berdych – Roland Garros ’12 when the South African was also six points away in the 4th set of a match he lost 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(4), 4-6, 4-6.

    It’s difficult to explain why their rivalry was so one-sided. One thing that comes to my mind – Berdych was returning kick serves better than other players. He was very comfortable at hitting the balls from the shoulder-high level off both wings. Even Isner & Karlovic had problems to force Berdych to play lousy returns off their second serves. The Czech broke the giants many times.

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