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You again? Top American man, Isner, to face Kohlschreiber in US Open's 3rd round for 3rd year

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NEW YORK — John Isner is back in the U.S. Open's third round, so that can only mean one thing for the highest-ranked American man: a match against Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber.

The 13th-seeded Isner hit 30 aces and saved the only break point he faced in a 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-2 victory over 77th-ranked Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany on Thursday at Flushing Meadows.

In a true — and, as Isner put it, "weird" and "bizarre" — example of the luck of the draw, he now will face the 22nd-seeded Kohlschreiber, who advanced when his opponent, Michael Llodra, stopped because of an injured left elbow.

PHOTO: Tennis fans hold up signs hoping for a 150 mile per hour serve from John Isner, of the United States, against Jan-Lennard Struff, of Germany, during the second round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Tennis fans hold up signs hoping for a 150 mile per hour serve from John Isner, of the United States, against Jan-Lennard Struff, of Germany, during the second round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

It will be the third year in a row Isner plays the exact same guy, Kohlschreiber, in the exact same round at the U.S. Open. Kohlschreiber eliminated Isner in five sets in 2012, and in four sets in 2013.

As Isner pointed out Thursday, he has won the pair's four career meetings at other sites.

This annual reunion is not unprecedented.

According to the ATP, there are other examples of men playing each other over and over in the same round at the same event.

One example: Roger Federer met Novak Djokovic in the U.S. Open semifinals four consecutive times from 2008-11.

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PHOTO: Jan-Lennard Struff, of Germany, returns a shot John Isner, of the United States, during the second round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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