Following a surprisingly easy opening round match, Czech No. 1 Tomas Berdych will attempt to rebound from a largely forgettable summer on the tour to reach the third round of the tournament when he faces Slovak Martin Klizan for a second time on the professional tour. Berdych leads the head-to-head series 1-0 with a victory at last year’s Wimbledon Championships.
Czech No. 1 Tomas Berdych toppled 2001 US Open champion Lleyton Hewitt in the opening round of the tournament on Wednesday afternoon on Arthur Ashe Stadium. After snatching the opening set 6-3, Berdych overcame a 1-4 deficit in the second set to reel off 11 of 14 games to secure his spot in the second round of the tournament. Berdych hit 9 aces and 43 winners to close out the match in 2 hours and 18 minutes.
“I feel pretty good. It’s a tough opponent, a big challenge. The conditions were extremely tough today. The heat, the wind, and facing Lleyton for the first round, it’s nothing that what you really want to have. But otherwise, when you are prepared and feel good, that’s a perfect start.”
In one of the more grueling contests of the day, Martin Klizan outlasted Steve Darcis 3-6, 2-6, 7-6, 7-5, 6-4 to reach the second round of the US Open on Wednesday afternoon. He struck 12 aces, won 72% of his first service points and converted on 5 of 16 break point opportunities.
This marks the second time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Berdych leading the series 1-0. His win took place at last year’s Wimbledon, where he won the match 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to reach the second round of the tournament. Barring any surprising results, Berdych should reach the third round in straight sets but he may lose one in the middle.
Prediction: Tomas Berdych in Four Sets