Novak Djokovic vs. Tomas Berdych
I doubt it will be this one-sided, but I expect a similar result.
Berdych has had a nice start to 2015. I don’t think he has much of a chance in this match, but Berdych has been quite consistent. Nole has won 2 of the past 3 slams after a tough stretch in which Novak won 2 of 10 slams, but had to feel like he had let a few trophies drift out of his cabinet. Novak has been cruising in Dubai.
My Prediction: Novak Djokovic d. Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-3
Roger Federer vs. Borna Coric
This match is more likely to produce an upset than the first. I think Coric could simply let it rip and dictate play. If that happens, he can win. We saw his much older countryman Marin Cilic dictate play against Federer at the US Open last year. Granted Federer beat Cilic during the summer leading up to that match. Federer should be able to play his game, keep the ball low, and find a way to win even if things are not fully clicking for him. However, a big server playing enthusiastic in a 2 of 3 set match can certainly spring an upset as well.
My Prediction: Roger Federer d. Borna Coric 7-5, 6-2