In what can only be considered as a remarkable coincidence, American No. 1 John Isner will face Philipp Kohlschreiber in the third round of the United States Open for the third consecutive year. While Isner holds the lead in the head-to-head series 4-2, both his losses to the German took place in those previous US Open encounters, which adds to the intrigue of their Saturday encounter.
The American No. 1 secured his spot in the third round in Flushing Meadows with a 7-6(5) 6-4, 6-2 victory over Jan-Lennard Struff. He hit a whopping 30 aces throughout the contest in a vintage Isner performance.
When asked to discuss his third encounter with Kohlschreiber, Isner stated that he would do his best to make it third time lucky.
“No matter where I play him, I know [that] the match is going to be tough because he’s an extremely good player. Very good. I thought our matches the last two years have been pretty high quality. I remember last year, I wasn’t disappointed with how I played. He just played better than me. Simple as that. In a few days’ time I’m just going to have to try to be better than him.”
Philipp Kohlschreiber reached the third round in an even easier match thanks to a retirement from Michael Llodra. The German was leading 6-2 before Llodra withdrew with cramps.
Following two disappointing losses to Kohlschreiber in his last two previous US Open encounters, Isner will hope that the third meeting will be the charm and that he can finally overcome his German adversary at his home Slam. Their first meeting ended 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, while last year ended 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(5).
Prediction: John Isner in Five Sets