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Isner To Play Kohlschreiber Again; Joins Querrey, Tsonga, Nishikori In Third Round

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Isner© Getty ImagesJohn Isner has a 4-2 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Philipp Kohlschreiber, but has lost both matches at the US Open.

John Isner, the No. 13 seed, will play No. 22 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber in the US Open third round for the third year in a row. 

Isner will be hoping to make it third time lucky, as he attempts to record his first win over the German at Flushing Meadows. Kohlschreiber beat Isner 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the 2012 third round and 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(5) at the same stage last year. 

Isner booked his spot by firing 30 aces past Jan-Lennard Struff in a 7-6(5) 6-4, 6-2 victory. Kohlschreiber was leading Michael Llodra, who is contesting his final Grand Slam championship, 6-2, 15/0 when the Frenchman retired. 

When asked about Kohlschreiber, Isner said, "No matter where I play him, I know [that] the match is going to be tough because he's an extremely good player. Very good. I thought our matches the last two years have been pretty high quality. I remember last year, I wasn't disappointed with how I played. He just played better than me. Simple as that. In a few days' time I'm just going to have to try to be better than him."

Sam Querrey extended his perfect record to 4-0 versus Guillermo Garcia-Lopez on Thursday, beating the No. 28 seed 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 for the second time in a week, for a place in the US Open third round. Querrey hit 16 aces and lost just six of his first service points for victory in one hour and 45 minutes.

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“I felt like I played great today,” said Querrey. “Serve felt good, forehand felt good. I was making the right decisions. Hope I can keep playing like that. I’ve got some confidence right now. I had momentum after last week [in Winston-Salem], putting together four wins. I'm just committing to hitting the forehand big and serving well, and it seems to be working.”

He will next play top seed and 2011 champion Novak Djokovic, whom he trails 1-7 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series. Querrey is looking to equal his best run at Flushing Meadows – fourth round exits in 2008 (l. to Nadal), and 2010 (l. to Wawrinka). 

Ninth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, one of nine Frenchmen in the second round, was a dominant force at the net winning 24 of 29 points in a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Aleksandr Nedovyesov. "I felt good on the court," said Tsonga. "I moved pretty well. I served well. I'm in good shape."

Tsonga returned to the Top 10 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on 11 August after he won his second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title at the Rogers Cup in Toronto.

Tenth seed Kei Nishikori advanced when his Spanish opponent, Pablo Andujar, retired when trailing 6-4, 6-1 after 63 minutes of play. "It's been a good two matches [so far]," said Nishikori. "It's unfortunate for Pablo today, but I have been playing well. [I] had good two sets today." The Japanese star reached the 2008 fourth round (l. to del Potro) on his US Open debut.

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