Monday, September 3, 2012

Kohlschreiber wins in record-equalling late finish

NEW YORK, September 3, 2012 (AP)

Equalling the record for the latest finish at the US Open, Philipp Kohlscreiber of Germany eliminated John Isner of the United States 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 at 2.26 a.m. local time on Monday to reach the fourth round.

The official completion time was the same as a second round match in 1993, when Mats Wilander beat Mikael Pernfors.

The 19th-seeded Kohlschreiber won his sixth consecutive five-setter. No. 9 Isner dropped his fourth in a row. Against Kohlschreiber, Isner hit 22 aces, but he lost all three break points he faced. He only was able to break the German twice in 11 chances.

"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.

That length pales in comparison to Isner's record 11-hour, 5-minute victory at Wimbledon in 2010, and his 5-hour, 41-minute loss at the French Open this year.
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