Not much U.S. in this year’s U.S. Open

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NEW YORK — Once again, John Is­ner’s trip to Flush­ing Mead­ows ended in the third round. Once again, it hap­pened with a loss to Ger­many’s Philipp Kohlschreiber at that stage.

And once again, there are zero Amer­i­can men in the U.S. Open’s round of 16 — some­thing that had never hap­pened un­til it did last year at the coun­try’s ten­nis cham­pi­onship, which was first played in 1881.

On a windy, cloudy even­ing, the 13th-seeded Is­ner hit 42 aces, saved all five break points he faced — and yet it wasn’t enough. Un­able to cap­i­tal­ize on plenty of open­ings, and sur­pris­ingly out­played in a trio of tiebreak­ers, Is­ner lost to the 22nd-seeded Kohlschreiber 7- 6 (4), 4- 6, 7- 6 (2), 7- 6 (4).

“It’s dis­ap­point­ing for me per­son­ally — not for Amer­ica as a whole,” Is­ner said.

It was the third straight year th­ese two men faced each other in the third round in New York, and Kohlschreiber won them all. He elim­i­nated the big-serv­ing, 6-10 Is­ner in five sets in 2012, and in four sets in 2013.

Is­ner only con­verted one of 12 break points he ac­cu­mu­lated.

“Got a lit­tle tight, to be hon­est, and didn’t move my feet on some points that I re­ally needed,” Is­ner said, rest­ing his chin on his left fist. “I had chances. I just didn’t con­vert.”

The 29-year- old Is­ner is best known for win­ning the long­est match in ten­nis his­tory, an 11-plus-hour marathon spread over three days that ended 70- 68 in the fifth set at Wim­ble­don in 2010.

Cur­rently, he is the only U.S. man ranked in­side the top 45, and has made clear he does not nec­es­sar­ily en­joy that dis­tinc­tion.

Fans at Louis Arm­strong Sta­dium tried to boost their guy with chants of “Let’s go, John!” And they roared through­out the fourth set, es­pe­cially when Is­ner would within a game.

But this one mainly came down to the tiebreak­ers, usu­ally a strong suit for Is­ner: He en­tered the day 37-17 in those set-de­ciders this sea­son, while Kohlschreiber was only 9-11.

“He was just bet­ter,” Is­ner said. “I’ve got to be bet­ter. I know I can be. Just not show­ing it.”

Ear­lier Satur­day, 57th-ranked Sam Quer­rey — en­ter­ing the day, the only other man from the host coun­try re­main­ing of the 12 orig­i­nally in the draw — put up lit­tle re­sis­tance while bow­ing out against No. 1 No­vak Djokovic 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.

Kohlschreiber now will face seven-time ma­jor cham­pion Djokovic in the fourth round.

Of the top eight women, only No. 1 seed Ser­ena Wil­liams, No. 5 Maria Shara­pova and No. 7 Eu­ge­nie Bouchard re­main. Wil­liams is the last Amer­i­can sin­gles player left af­ter beat­ing Var­vara Lepchenko.

— The As­so­ci­ated Press


Ser­ena Wil­liams re­acts af­ter hit­ting a win­ner against Var­vara Lepchenko Satur­day.

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