A battle between two former Wimbledon finalists is scheduled to take place in the opening round of the US Open this year at Flushing Meadows, as Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt and Tomas Berdych meet for the third time on the professional tour. The Czech No. 1 leads the head-to-head series 2-0 but has not faced Hewitt on the tour in over five years. Check out all the Berdych vs Hewitt H2H matches.
Berdych has had an uneventful and largely forgettable season on the professional tour, particularly over the summer. He failed to go past the third round in Wimbledon and then went 2-3 in the US Open Series. He is coming off consecutive losses to Feliciano Lopez in Toronto and to Yen-Hsun Lu in the opening round of the Western & Southern Open.
Since winning the title in Newport to pick up his second title of the season, Hewitt went 2-3 in the US Open series over the past month. He reached the second round in Washington and Cincinnati but lost in his opening match in Toronto to Julien Benneteau. The Australian has undoubtedly had a resurgent season on the tour and as a former champion at this event, he will be motivated to perform against a less-than-stellar Berdych.
This marks the third time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour but the first time in over five years. Berdych leads the head-to-head series 2-0 and will certainly be the favourite to maintain that unbeaten streak in the opening round. ‘Rusty’ may give him a fight but it is hard to imagine Hewitt maintaining his pace for five sets.
Prediction: Tomas Berdych in Five Sets