Mardy Fish’s countryman John Isner saw his campaign in the French Open 2014 getting finished yesterday as he suffered a straight set defeat against Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic in the round of 16. Isner lost the match by 4-6, 4-6, 4-6.
Isner had the opportunity to be the first player from the United States of America to make it to the quarter finals at Roland Garros in more than a decade, but, he couldn’t do so.
The last time that an American male player had entered the French Open quarter final round was about 11 years back. Andre Agassi had done that back then.
Many people were backing Isner to go till the latter stages of this year’s French Open because of his recent form and the way he started the tournament, it appeared as if those people would prove to be right, but, in the match against Berdych, the 29 years old fell completely apart.
He just couldn’t match Berdych’s energy on the court. The speed with which the Czech was moving and the way he was timing his shots, he never let Isner settle down.
Isner is one of those players who don’t believe in swift movement on the court. He relies more on his capability of flattening people with his booming serve. But, Berdych is an equally good server and in addition to that, he is a far better mover on the court than Isner and that was the real difference between the two players.
Speaking in the post match interview, Isner said, “I couldn’t get going at any point of time. I should have been a little more aggressive, but, unfortunately, the day was not mine.”
This is the second time that Berdych has reached the round of 8 at Roland Garros.