Paris R3 previews and picks: Federer vs. Isner, Nadal vs. Anderson

The Grandstand

FedRoger Federer and Rafael Nadal will resume their Paris campaigns on Thursday. They appear to have tough third-round matchups on their hands with John Isner and Kevin Anderson, respectively.

(13) John Isner vs. (3) Roger Federer

Federer and Isner will be squaring off for the seventh time in their careers and for the second time in less than two months when they clash in round three of the BNP Paribas Masters on Thursday afternoon. The head-to-head series stands at 5-1 in favor of Federer, who beat Isner 7-6(0), 7-6(6), 7-5 during fourth-round action at the U.S. Open. Isner’s lone victory came in his opponent’s home of Switzerland via a four-set Davis Cup upset on clay in 2012. Federer is 4-0 against the American on hard courts (all outdoors).

Although the 34-year-old may not be quite at the level he showcased this summer, he is riding another wave of momentum after…

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