An intriguing second round match-up between John Isner (Player Profile) and Carlos Berlocq (Player Profile) takes place on Court 4 tomorrow in the Shanghai Masters 1000 event. It is their second ever meeting on the professional tour, having clashed over six months ago at the French Open. Check out the Isner vs Berlocq Head to Head.
American No. 1 John Isner made an emphatic splash prior to the US Open when he defeated Richard Gasquet, Milos Raonic, Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro to reach the finals at the Cincinnati Masters. He failed to carry that momentum over to Flushing Meadows and would exit the tournament in the first week, marking the first time the US Open would not feature any American male singles competitors in the second week of this Slam. Since then, he reached the quarter-finals in Beijing, where he lost to finalist Tomas Berdych prior to arriving in Shanghai.
The American was made to work in his opening round match as he rallied to defeat Colombian qualifier Santiago Giraldo 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 to advance to the second round. It was a slow start for Isner, who has never been past the third round at the Shanghai Masters. His W-L record for the year is 25-13 on hard court and 8-7 in Masters 1000 tournaments.
The 44th ranked Berlocq became the fifth first-time ATP World Tour titlist at Båstad, where he defeated Fernando Verdasco. He was also the ninth over-30 champion of 2013. The Argentine advanced to the second round following a three-set upset win over Dmitry Tursunov. While he was down a break in the third set, he was able to regroup and finish the match 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. His 2013 W-L record is 10-7 on hard courts and 5-3 in Masters 1000 tournaments. An upset victory over Isner would be amongst his top achievements in 2013.
This is the second ever encounter between Isner and Berlocq and their first on hard court. The American took the first meeting at this year’s French Open, comfortably winning the match in straight sets.