Two of the tallest athletes in tennis will meet on Sunday in the fourth round of the French Open as American No. 1 John Isner and Czech No. 1 Tomas Berdych cross paths for the seventh time on the professional tour. The Berdych vs Isner Head to Head stands at 4-2.
World No. 6 Tomas Berdych secured entry into the fourth round at Roland Garros with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-4 victory over the savvy Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut. It was Berdych’s 30th match win of the season, and he struck 12 aces to his 2 double faults, as well as 62 winners to his 54 unforced errors.
- Berdych reached his first Grand Slam semi-final here in Roland Garros.
- Berdych has been a permanent fixture in the Top 10 since 5 July 2010.
John Isner reached the Final 16 in Roland Garros with a 7-6(13), 7-6(3), 6-7(5), 7-5 victory against Spain’s Tommy Robredo. Not only did he save all 13 break points he faced during the contest, he hit 17 aces, 77 winners to his 74 unforced errors. The win sets up a seventh encounter with Tomas Berdych.
“That guy is really good, very good, especially on clay, so for me it’s a very good win,” said Isner. “Happy with how the match ended and very happy with how I served, obviously.”
This will be the seventh encounter between the big men, with Berdych leading the head-to-head series 4-2. Berdych’s first two wins both came on clay courts, one at Roland Garros and the other at the ATP World Team Championships, whilst Isner held the advantage on hard courts until this year when Berdych leveled the score there at 2-2. The Czech is the better overall player on clay and it will be interesting to see who will leave with the victory.
Prediction: Tomas Berdych in Five Sets