Phillipp Kohlschreiber is the last player to enter the best of 16 at 2012 US Open. He overcame home crowd favorite John Isner in a five-set tennis drama.
Despite hitting 22 aces and 62 winners, last year’s US Open quarter-finalist Isner stumbled in the third round. Nineteenth seed German Kohlschreiber (5 aces, 43 winners) was the more effective of the players as he won three sets by converting each one of his three break point opportunities of the match. The opener was decided in the seventh game when 29-year-old Kohlschreiber broke ninth-seeded Isner who was unable to create any break balls during the set.
The American stepped it up a notch in the second set. Kohlschreiber, who conquered the BMW Open in beginning of May, successfully defended three break points in the third game, but was just putting off the inevitable as he was broken to love in his following service game. On the other hand, Isner held his serve all the way until late stages of the set four, grabbing the third set and going 2-1 up in the process.
The highest-ranked German had to save a couple of break points in the opening game of the fourth set, but began to grow in confidence later on and ultimately served out the set by confirming the break in the 8th game. The score was now level at 2-2. Kohlschreiber used the momentum shift and forced the American to give away his serve for the second time in a row in the beginning of the decider. Kohlschreiber had to stay alert for the rest of the set in order to maintain his one break advantage and serve out the match after three hours and twenty-three minutes of turnarounds. The final result: 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Isner, who arrived to New York on the back of his recent Newport and Winston-Salem victories, will be disappointed with his third round exit. He will especially bemoan his low break point conversion efficiency (2 out of 11). Kohlschreiber, who made only 31 unforced errors as opposed to Isner’s 57, will play Tipsarevic in the fourth round.