Latest example of John Isner’s knack for playing marathon matches and lately, losing them was a 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 third-round exit at the U.S. Open against Philipp Kohlschreiber that ended at 2:26 a.m. Monday, tying the tournament record for latest finish.
Isner left all four Grand Slam tournaments this year with five-set losses, and he didn’t make it past the third round at any of them. “It’s disappointing,” he said, staring down at the floor. “I didn’t play the right way, and that’s been the story when I’ve lost at Slams,” said Isner, at No. 9, the highest-seeded American man at Flushing Meadows. “I just played too passively and it doesn’t work out when I do that.”
The 19th-seeded Kohlschreiber won his sixth consecutive five-setter. The official completion time of this one was the same as a second-round U.S. Open match in 1993, when Mats Wilander beat Mikael Pernfors. “Of course, it’s very late, so everybody here is really a crazy tennis fan,” Kohlschreiber told the few fans who remained during an on-court interview.