Seems like John Isner came down with a case of Kohlschreiber and for the third year in a row, he exites the open at the hands of Phillipp, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6.
“I didn’t play the big points well today,” Isner said. “You know, I had a good amount of chances. I just couldn’t pull through. It’s very disappointing.”
Thus ends the American men’s chances at the US Open. As disappointing as Isner sounded, it proves the weakness in men’s tennis.
“It’s disappointing for me personally, not for America as a whole,” Isner said. “For me personally it’s very disappointing ’cause, you know, I should hold myself to a pretty high standard. It’s disappointing to go out in the third round three years in a row to the same guy. You know, America as a whole, that’s not for me to worry about. But for me personally, it’s very disappointing.”
Kohlschreiber beat Isner at his own game, winning all three sets in tiebreaks. Isner should have won the match with 42 aces, but his nemesis got him once again.
“You tell me going into the match I’m not going to lose my serve, you’d think I’d win the match,” he said. “Not the case today. It’s very disappointing. I don’t know. It’s tough. It’s a real tough one for me. I did some things well out there, but I did a lot of things not well at all. But obviously I’m not taking anything away from him, but there’s some things I could have done better. I just didn’t. As I said already, he played better in the big points.”
Serena Williams is now the only American left in singles.
Kohlschreiber plays Novak Djokovic in the next round.