American No. 1 John Isner (Player Profile) will look to avenge a 2009 loss to Jeremy Chardy (Player Profile) when they meet tomorrow afternoon in the second round of the Valencia Open tournament. It is only the second time they meet on the professional tour and Isner will be looking to tie the series at 1-1. Check out the Isner vs Chardy Head to Head.
World No. 14 Isner defeated Latvian No. 1 Ernests Gulbis in the opening round this morning. He needed two tiebreakers to put away Gulbis but it was an impressive performance from Isner, who had been struggling as of late. The American has not had a great season this year on the ATP tour. His best performance came when he beat Gasquet, Raonic, Djokovic and del Potro en route to ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati final, the second at this level of his career. Since then, he lost in the quarter-finals of the Beijing Open to Tomas Berdych and in the second round in Shanghai. Now following his first round win, he will look to string together three or more wins for the first time since the Cincinnati Masters in August.
Jeremy Chardy had a slightly tougher contest this afternoon as he needed three sets to get past Germany’s Florian Mayer. The Frenchman has been unable to string together two consecutive victories since reaching the third round of the Wimbledon Championships. Prior to arriving in Valencia, he had lost to Ernests Gulbis in the first round in Stockholm. He has compiled a 21-23 overall record on the tour.
The first and only time these two have met on the tour was in the 2009 Cincinnati Masters event, where Isner retired in the third set at 1-4 down. The American had won the opening set in a tiebreak but lost the second set and was down a break in the deciding third set. Considering this match was over four years ago, it is unlikely to have any baring on tomorrow’s results. Isner has improved tremendously over the past four years, while Chardy has plateaued since 2009.