• Haas, Isner aim for Roland Garros third round

    5/29/13 10:15 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Haas, Isner aim for Roland Garros third round Tommy Haas and John Isner will continue their French Open campaigns on Thursday. They are set for respective encounters with Americans Jack Sock and Ryan Harrison.

    (12) Tommy Haas vs. (Q) Jack Sock

    Twelve months ago, Haas had to qualify just to get into the French Open main draw. Now, the 35-year-old German is the No. 12 seed and a trendy pick to face Novak Djokovic in next week's quarterfinals. Haas kept that hope alive with a routine 7-6(4), 6-1, 6-3 win over Guillaume Rufin on Tuesday. The victory improved Haas' 2013 record to 22-9, which includes a title in Munich and a semifinal run in Miami.

    Up next for the world No. 14 is a first-ever meeting with Sock, who cruised through three qualifying matches then scored an outstanding 6-2, 6-2, 7-5 win over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. The 20-year-old American is 5-5 at the ATP level this season and he is on course to crack the Top 100 for the first time in his career. Sock wields a huge forehand, so he can be a dangerous opponent and he is always capable of streaking his way to at least one set even against top opponents. Still, Haas should advance in no more than four.

    Ryan Harrison vs. (19) John Isner

    Harrison and Isner will be squaring off for the fifth time in their careers and for the third time this year. Isner leads the head-to-head series 3-1 after avenging a 6-4, 6-4 loss in Sydney by defeating Harrison 7-6(4), 6-4 last month on the clay courts of Houston. A knee injury that ultimately forced the big man out of the Australian Open contributed to Harrison's victory Down Under. Isner has a win over his younger compatriot on every surface; hard (2010), grass (2012) and now clay.

    The world No. 21 went on to capture the Houston title before going into a funk on the European slow stuff. However, Isner got back on track with an impressive 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 first-round scalp of accomplished clay-courter Carlos Berlocq. Harrison also ousted a clay-court specialist, steamrolling through Andrey Kuznetsov 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(4) on Tuesday. The 21-year-old American is still a dreadful 5-10 at the ATP level for his 2013 campaign. Harrison could steal a set if Isner serves poorly, but all signs point to the favorite getting the job done.

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Haas will win. So will Isner.(IMO) On another topic, I believe Isner was the first tennis player to get tweeted at by Federer.

tj600 , 5/30/13 6:14 AM

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