NEW YORK - John Isner and Philipp Kohlschreiber will meet for a place in the US Open fourth round on Saturday, just like they did in 2012 and 2013.
Isner, who is America's highest-ranked man at the tournament, has a 4-2 winning record over the German player but the two losses both came at Flushing Meadows with Kohlschreiber winning in five sets in 2012 and four sets last year.
Both men came through their second round ties Thursday, meaning they'll do it all again in 2014.
"It's a weird situation. We have played three years in a row in the third round at this event. It's bizarre," admitted Isner, the 13th seed, who is trying to become America's first major champion since Andy Roddick at the US Open in 2003.
"I thought our matches the last two years have been pretty high quality. I'll have some time to go over maybe some things that I didn't do as well in the last two matches here and some things he did well." Isner made the third round by seeing off Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 6-2 while Kohlschreiber, the 22nd seed, had an easier time after French opponent Michael Llodra was forced to quit with a knee injury.