An interesting third round encounter is scheduled to take place on Thursday afternoon at the Mutua Madrid Open between Spanish No. 2 David Ferrer and top ranked American John Isner. This marks the sixth time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Ferrer leading the Head to Head series 4-1. The most recent match-up took place in Davis Cup action back in 2012.
World No. 5 David Ferrer took part in a thrilling near-three-hour battle in his opening match at the Mutua Madrid Open, as he defeated fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos 7-6(6), 5-7, 6-3. Ferrer was just slightly sharper during the match-up and managed to convert 5/12 break point opportunities, which was particularly helpful in the final set.
“Albert was playing very well,” said Ferrer. “He wasn’t missing a lot of balls and it was really tough for me.”
World No. 10 John Isner had a strong start to his week in Madrid, as he beat Teymuraz Gabashvili 7-6(8), 6-4 in Madrid. Isner hit 14 aces en route to victory over the qualifier. It was his first clay-court win of the season, after suffering a first-round loss to Dustin Brown in Houston. He would follow up with a three set victory over Australia’s Marinko Matosevic.
“I feel like I competed very well out there and on top of that I felt like I played well from start to finish,” said Isner. “I played really well in the first set. Had a lot of chances, but I just didn’t capitalise on them. I was able to win a super-close tie-break. I served extremely well. When I serve like that, I’m very tough to beat and it bodes well for me.
“I’ve been at home for a long time. I thought about coming over [to Europe] earlier in the year, but I decided not to. I’m a home boy. I like to stay at home as much as I can, but I also love it over here.
“This is the best weather I’ve ever seen at this tournament in my five years playing here. It’s beautiful and I’m glad to be here. The heat suits my game, it makes it bounce high and it’s a good surface for me.”
This marks the sixth time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Ferrer leading the series 4-1. Their only clay court match-up was their most recent one, which took place in Davis Cup action on 2012. Now two years later, they will meet again on the red dirt, in a match-up that is slightly tougher to predict. Ferrer has suffered some surprising losses this season and he could be in for another one again tomorrow.
Prediction: David Ferrer in Three Sets