ROLAND GARROS 2014
Berdych To Play Isner; Raonic Battles Past Simon
by ATP Staff|
Berdych, who leads Isner 4-2 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, has won their past two meetings and also their two clay clashes at 2010 Roland Garros and the ATP World Team Championship.
Sixth seed Berdych, who has been a permanent member of the Top 10 in the Emirates ATP Rankings for almost four years, recorded his 30th match win of the year with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-4 victory over No. 27 seed Bautista Agut.
Tenth seed Isner fired into the fourth round for the first time, when he became the first American man to reach the Last 16 in Paris since Robby Ginepri in 2010. Isner beat No. 17 seed Tommy Robredo 7-6(13), 7-6(3), 6-7(5), 7-5. It broke his five-match losing streak against seeded players at the Grand Slam championships. He saved all 13 break points he faced.
"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."
Should Jack Sock and Donald Young win their third-round matches on Saturday, the United States would have three players through to the fourth round for the first time since 1995, when Andre Agassi, Michael Chang and Jim Courier reached that stage. Sock plays Dusan Lajovic and Young takes on Stan Wawrinka’s conqueror, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.
"It's do-able," said Isner. "I think they have obviously very tough matches, but very winnable matches, as well. It would be nice to have three of us in the Round of 16. I'll be cheering hard for those guys."
Eighth seed Milos Raonic prevailed in a five-set battle with No. 29 seed Gilles Simon of France in the final match on Court Philippe Chatrier, clinching a 4-6, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory after three hours and 16 minutes. The Canadian was broken to love as he served for the match at 5-4, but came back strong to win the final two games.
"This is a bitter loss, a tough loss, a five-set defeat," said Simon. "The level is so close. I think he just played better at the right moment at the end."
Raonic became the first Canadian man to reach the Round of 16 in Paris, and also equalled his best Grand Slam result. He also reached this stage at the Australian Open (2011, '13) and the US Open (2012-13).
"It's a new territory I'm putting myself in in this tournament, because I was able to fight and get through in important moments and give myself an opportunity to win," said Raonic.
For a place in the quarter-finals, the World No. 9 will play the winner between Spaniard Marcel Granollers and Slovakian Martin Klizan. Granollers led 6-7(5), 6-2, 7-6(4) before darkness suspended play.
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