Tomas Berdych and Martin Klizan and will meet in the second round of the 2014 US Open.
Martin Klizan won a grueling five set first round match over Steve Darcis. What made the victory even more impressive is that Klizan was able to bounce back despite dropping the first two sets of the match. Klizan hit 12 aces, won a solid 72 percent of his first serve points and despite the long match, he had only seven unforced errors. Overall, it was one of the more impressive performances from Martin Klizan all season and really helps make up for early exits in Winston-Salem, the Cincinnati Masters and Hamburg. Klizan has not experienced much major success in his career at the young age of 25 years old, but he did reach the fourth round of the 2012 US Open, which is the furthest he’s ever been in a major.
Tomas Berdych won his first round match over Lleyton Hewitt, a match that needed only 28 games to be decided. Berdych looked his best he has in a while, hitting nine aces, averaging a first serve speed of 131 mph and hitting 43 winners. Tomas Berdych, who has been disappointing for much of the season especially in Cincinnati and the Canadian Masters, looked confident and was making his shots look easy. While Berdych is known for his powerful serve, he showed a solid finesse game mixed with that power as well in his first round victory. Berdych is really no stranger to major success, as he’s reached at least the fourth round in six of his last eight major appearances. That stretch could continue if he can continue to play as well has he did against Hewitt.
These two have played twice and Tomas Berdych won both meetings in straight sets. Their most recent match against one another was the 2013 Wimbledon. This will be the first time the two have ever played on hard court.
Tomas Berdych is not only the better player between the two, but he’s also the less tired after playing three pretty quick sets. That’s huge for somebody who spends a ton of energy. Martin Klizan doesn’t stand much of a chance.