This will be their 10th meeting on tour; Murray leads 8-1. They've known each other for years, dating to when Murray moved to Spain to train at a tennis academy there.
‘‘Going to be difficult to beat him, also with the crowd and everything,’’ Verdasco said. ‘‘I mean, you need to have faith and try your best to try to win.’’
Berdych also has a daunting head-to-head record to overcome: He is 2-13 against Djokovic. But Berdych might derive some hope from knowing he beat Djokovic the last time they met, on clay at Rome in May, and also the only time they've played each other on grass, in the 2010 Wimbledon semifinals.
Berdych eliminated Federer in the quarterfinals that year, but lost to Nadal in the final.
‘‘I know how it is to beat Roger here,’’ Berdych said. ‘‘It’s really nice.’’
No chance of facing quite that same sort of lineup this time around, thanks to all of the early surprises. But if Berdych wants to earn his first Grand Slam title, he will need to get past Djokovic, of course, and perhaps Murray, too.
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