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Kohlschreiber moves on against Llorda

By Robin Jonathan Deutsch
Thursday, August 28, 2014

WHAT HAPPENED: No. 22 Philipp Kohlschreiber eased into the US Open third round winning the first set 6-2, before Frenchman Michael Llodra retired with an injured left arm on Thursday. The left-handed Frenchman had started the match wearing a black compression sock on his left arm.

Kohlschreiber employed a hard-driving, heavy topspin baseline game to neutralize Llorda’s serve and volley style. Llorda’s injury apparently hurt his approaches to net (he converted on only 47 percent) and Kohlschreiber picked them apart for easy winners. The German served extremely well with five first set aces and attacked efficently winning 73 percent of his approaches.

WHAT IT MEANS: Kohlschreiber, 30, has now advanced to the US Open third round three consecutive years. He will next face the winner of American John Isner and compatriot Jan-Lennard Struff. Kohlschreiber has advanced to the US Open fourth round the last two years, registering back-to-back wins over Isner each time.

THE QUESTION: Last year, Kohlschreiber defeated Isner in a third round match that finished at 2:26 a.m., equaling the latest finish in US Open history. Will the long break between competitive matches affect Kohlschreiber in his third round match on Saturday?