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Aug 28, 2014 6:48 PM

Isner yet again to face Kohlschreiber at US Open

The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) John Isner is back in the U.S. Open's third round, so that can only mean one thing for the highest-ranked American man: a match against Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber.

The 13th-seeded Isner hit 30 aces and saved the only break point he faced in a 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-2 victory over 77th-ranked Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany on Thursday at Flushing Meadows.

In a real and, as Isner put it, "bizarre" example of the luck of the draw, he now will face the 22nd-seeded Kohlschreiber, who advanced when his opponent, Michael Llodra, stopped because of an injured left elbow.

It will be the third year in a row Isner plays the same guy, Kohlschreiber, in the same round at the U.S. Open. Kohlschreiber eliminated Isner in 2012 and 2013.


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