• Tipsarevic, Kohlschreiber aim for U.S. Open quarters

    9/4/12 7:26 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Tipsarevic, Kohlschreiber aim for U.S. Open quarters Janko Tipsarevic is hoping to book a second consecutive trip to the U.S. Open quarterfinals on Tuesday. Standing in his way his Flushing Meadows escape artist Philipp Kohlschreiber.

    The third section of the U.S. Open draw was always a huge opportunity for all 32 players involved. Now it's down to four, including the rock-solid Janko Tipsarevic and the relatively surprising Philipp Kohlschreiber. They will face each other in Tuesday's second match on Louis Armstrong.

    Kohlschreiber must feel like he is playing with house money, because he has nearly tumbled out of this tournament on more than one occasion. After wearing down Michael Llodra 7-6(2), 4-6, 7-6(1), 6-1, Kohlschreiber outlasted Benoit Paire 6-7(4), 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(4) thanks in part to a break of serve in the 12th game of the final set. The 20th-ranked German then upset John Isner 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a match that ended at 2:26 a.m. on Monday morning.

    Tipsarevic's campaign in Flushing Meadows got off to a rocky start before steadying. The ninth-ranked Serb came back from two sets down to defeat Guillaume Rufin in his opener but soon took care of Brian Baker and Grega Zemlja without surrendering another set.

    Both men are looking to build on outstanding seasons, which include one title apiece. Kohlschreiber is 40-19 and Tipsarevic again has himself in World Tour Finals contention at 47-18.

    As for their head-to-head history, it can only be classified as "weird." Three of their four previous encounters came at the World Team Cup in Dusseldorf, with Tipsarevic winning two (including 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 a few months ago). Their only other showdown took place at the 2010 Toronto Masters and Tipsarevic retired after four games.

    Kohlschreiber is coming off two five-setters and the the most recent against Isner tied the record for the all-time late finish at the U.S. Open. That by no means dooms the underdog's chances, but it doesn't help. Furthermore, Tipsarevic is bidding for his second straight U.S. Open quarterfinal while Kohlschreiber had never previously been past the third round.

    Look for an entertaining exchange of ball-striking and shot-making to go Tipsarevic's way in four sets.

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