For the third straight year, Philipp Kohlschreiber and John Isner will meet in the US Open.
Philipp Kohlschreiber didn’t have to work hard to advance to the third round, as Michael Llodra retired from the match in the first set. Still, it’s safe to assume that Kohlschreiber would have won that match anyway, as he had five aces, won 80 percent of his first serve points and hit 14 winners in the short amount of time played. Philipp Kohlschreiber has played just four sets in his first two matches, making him one of the more rested players heading into the third round. Kohlschreiber has also had his fair share of success at the US Open, as he’s reached the fourth round in each of the last two years. However, Kohlschreiber hasn’t been the most consistent player this season, as he entered this tournament losing four of his last five matches.
John Isner actually won a pretty quick match for once, beating Jan-Lennard Struff in three sets that needed only one tiebreak. Isner finished the match with 30 aces, averaged a first serve speed of 126 mph and hit an incredible 54 winners. Isner clearly is in his best shape of the season and isn’t folding late in matches like he has done in the past. Isner is also on a bit of a roll, as he’s won six of his last eight matches overall. In just two matches, Isner has hit 56 aces and has yet to lose a set. John Isner also has yet to even be broken in his first two matches. Of course, this is Isner’s favorite tournament, as he loves playing in front of his American crowd. However, this is a big match for John, as he has been eliminated in the third round of the US Open in each of the last two years.
These players have met six times in the past, and John Isner leads the series 4-2. However, both of Philipp Kohlschreiber’s wins against Isner came at the US Open. Their most recent match was in Auckland of this year, a match that Isner won in three sets.
Overall, it’s tough to pick against Isner and the way he’s serving right now. The American crowd as plays an even bigger factor as we get deeper into the tournament. Look for Isner to advance to the fourth round of the US Open for the first time since 2012.