NEW YORK — Ninth-seeded John Isner, who was called for a foot-fault during his serve and later angrily smashed a racket, was an upset loser to 19th-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, in a fourth-round match at the U.S. Open that began Sunday night and ended at 2:26 a.m. Monday in New York.
As the second week of the biggest tennis tournament in the U.S. gets started, there is only 20th-seeded Andy Roddick and 23rd-seeded Mardy Fish left in the men's singles draw from the United States. And Fish is scheduled to play top-seeded Roger Federer later Monday afternoon. Fish is only 1-8 in his career against Federer.
Isner was so drenched in sweat that he left the court after the fourth set to change his clothes and shoes. But the new outfit couldn't freshen up Isner enough to run down all of Kohlschreiber's shots. Kohlschreiber's win put him into the fourth round of a Grand Slam event for the first time.
"We didn't play one tiebreak, that's pretty amazing," said Kohlschreiber, who verbalized what everyone thought. Usually Isner's big serve means few services and lots of tiebreaks. But Kohlschreiber was perfect in the statistic that mattered the most: He was three for three on break points against Isner.