Louis Armstrong Stadium Third Match
John Isner (Player Profile) takes on Philipp Kohlschreiber (Player Profile) in a repeat of their match from the same round last year. It was the German who came out on top in a marathon match, making a comeback from 2-1 down in the early hours to make the last 16. The scheduling shouldn’t see this match finish past 2am like last year but it would be no shock if it went the distance once more.
Isner comes into this in good form having once more had an outstanding US Open Series – the highlights being an Atlanta title and Cincinnati final. The arguments against Isner having success at a slam have always been about his ability to win the longer matches on a regular basis. Infact last year, each of his four losses at a slam were in a match that went five sets. He has avoided going the distance so far, destroying Filippo Volandri for the loss of just five games. He then edged out Gael Monfils 7-5 6-2 4-6 7-6(4) with the Frenchman almost managing an almighty comeback. The match was also notable for the crowd which were very pro-Monfils – even chanting his name instead of their home player.
Kohlschreiber has been going about his business quietly. He first defeated the young wildcard Colin Altamirano in straights and then recovered from a third set blip to see off Edouard Roger Vasselin 6-3 6-2 5-7 6-2 to make it this far.
Although Isner lost their last five set meeting at last year’s US Open, he looks to have the advantage this time round. The American is serving great once more and has been broken just once in the tournament to date, by Monfils in the third set. Kohlschreiber has little summer form to speak of and could well have been shocked had he faced tougher opponents in the earlier rounds.
If Isner wins this, he will make the fourth round (or further) of a slam for just the fourth time in his career and the first time since this tournament two years ago where he was a quarter finalist. Andy Murray was standing in his way that time and a similarly threatening opponent awaits for the victor here – Rafael Nadal.
Prediction: Isner in 4 sets