(August 31, 2013) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Not even support from the fans at Flushing Meadows could help John Isner to a victory over Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber. The German beat the American again at the US Open in the third round on Saturday 6-4, 3-6. 7-5, 7-6(5). Last year the Germany also beat the American in the third round at the US Open.
Whereas Isner’s last match he complained about fans showing support for his French opponent Gael Monfils, this match there were chants of “U-S-A! U-S-A!” in the second set, and “Here we go, John! Here we go!” in the fourth set.
“I had a feeling that the crowd would be on my side today,” Isner said.” The crowd was fantastic, you know, cheering me on. I wished I could have done them a little better. What happened in my previous match had no bearing on today. How I acted out there wasn’t, you know, from my previous match against Monfils. That wasn’t why I was getting amped up too much.”
So how did the No. 22 seed beat Isner again at the US Open.
“I think it was also this year pretty close one,” Kohlschreiber said. “Maybe I’m guessing a little bit, you know, taking the right corners.
“I think the only good thing is that I try to make him move a lot. I don’t go for winners, or like with the first serve I try to have high percentage. I think that’s one of the key moments that, yeah, I’m able to move him around.
“Maybe he doesn’t, yeah, like being pushed from corner to corner. I don’t know. I played very well today, and also last year. It’s always tough, but it was like I said very good match for me today.”
As to how the German beat him again, Isner said:”Just a tough player. He’s very solid, and I thought he played a solid match today. You know, I let him off the hook there at the end of that fourth set. I felt like, you know, a lot of times I’d serve out a set and do so, but I didn’t. He played a good game, but I didn’t make any first serves in that 6-5 game. Tactically, I didn’t mixup my second serve enough against him, so he was able to camp out and know that it was pretty much going to his backhand. Looking back on it, I should have changed that.”
The German will have the daunting task of playing Nadal in the round of 16. “I think it’s going to be a total different setup for the match, more rallies, maybe less service winners,” he said.
“But I’m really looking forward. You know, had some good matches against him, especially on hard court. Basically I know a little bit how I have to play. We don’t have to say he’s in pretty good shape winning almost, yeah, every match on hard court.
“So it’s going to be really tough, but I’m really looking forward to play on Ashe. And I’m happy with my performance today. I think I also will play a really good match against him.”