One of the best first round matchups in the 2014 US Open will be when Lleyton Hewitt and Tomas Berdych meet on the tennis court.
While Tomas Berdych is a threat to beat anybody when he’s on his game, he heads into this tournament a little sloppy. Berdych has had early exits in Washington, the Canadian Masters and the Cincinnati Masters. Of course, none of Berdych’s performances were as bad as him simply getting outperformed in three sets by Yen-Hsun Lu. Tomas Berdych needs a confidence boost and maybe he’ll get it at the US Open where he’s reached at least the fourth round the last two years, which includes a semifinal appearance back in 2012. Berdych is one of the heaviest hitters on tour and is a nightmare to play against when he’s on his game. The problem is Berdych hasn’t exactly been himself since the Wimbledon.
After sweeping the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, Lleyton Hewitt has also struggled a bit with his form, losing three of his last five matches, which includes a beat down from Julien Benneteau in the Canadian Masters. Besides his impressive feats in Newport, Hewitt has really struggled this season and one has to believe that his age of 33 is truly starting to catch up to him. Lleyton Hewitt has not surpassed the second round a grand slam in six of his last seven events. However, Hewitt has always been impressive at the US Open his entire career, which includes a win, a final appearance and three semifinal appearances. Hewitt has also reached at least the third round in the last two US Open’s.
These two have met twice in the past and Tomas Berdych has won both meetings. However, these two haven’t played since 2009, and only one of those two meetings was on clay, which was a match back in 2006.
Overall, with the way both players have been playing this season, I like Lleyton Hewitt to pull off the upset. Hewitt is always a crowd favorite in New York and he always gives it his all at the US Open given his history at the event. Berdych is really a hit or miss and I have to worry about his stamina in a long match.
Give me Hewitt in the biggest upset of the first round.