Berdych vs. Harrison
|Date & Time||Thursday July 28, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Ryan Harrison and Tomas Berdych meet in the round of 16 in the 2016 Rogers Cup.
Ryan Harrison is coming off an upset win over John Isner that took three sets to finish. Harrison has had a really rough couple of years after being a top-50 player back in 2012, but he’s now beaten Isner and Andrey Kuznetsov in back-to-back contests, which has to provide huge confidence moving forward. Harrison may be turning things around before our eyes and is ready to finish this season out strong. Harrison has been a different player since Washington when he pushed Steve Johnson to two competitive sets. Harrison has won seven of his last eight matches on hard court.
Tomas Berdych is coming off a three set win over Borna Coric in which he lost just five games in the last two sets. Berdych showed he can still win matches despite not serving well, as he got just 57 percent of his first serves in play in the victory. Berdych has had an up and down season overall but is still a threat against anyone with his power serve and ability to spray winners across the court. Berdych should be in better form and more consistent than he was in his last match, which will produce easier results for the soon to be 31-year-old. Berdych has won seven of his last nine matches on hard court.
This will be the first time these two meet on the tennis court.
Harrison has to start gaining attention with his recent performances, as he’s beaten back-to-back top-50 players. However, beating a rested Berdych is a different story, especially when you consider Harrison has just one career win over a top-10 player, which came against the inconsistent Grigor Dimitrov.
Give me Berdych in straight sets.