Day 6 and 7 at the 2012 US Tennis Open. Late Night Matches? Tough on Americans. - Page 2
It was discussed that the men were going to have to step up their game, make fewer errors and not allow nerves to overtake their skill. For example Fish in his match against Gilles Simon totaled 75 unforced errors. Isner and Roddick who often ended up playing four sets were going to be easy marks for top level players like Federer and Djokovic who have not dropped a set yet and have kept their errors to a minimum making their wins in previous rounds precise and antiseptic.
However, anything is possible, including brief rain delays like the one which happened Sunday evening pushing back the matches on Ashe, especially the Isner-Kohlschreiber match. Like Fish's match which ended after 1:00 am, the Isner match was even more trying ending well past 2: am. How can such a match be allowed to take place in the unholy hours of the morning when no one should be immersed in strenuous athleticism and be expected to bounce back the next day and one-half to play in a top level match against other professionals who have not experienced the same vicissitudes of evil, random scheduling and whimsical weather?
The late hours impacted Isner and Kohlschreiber who were locked in a five set struggle which ended unhappily for American Isner 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. His frustration was visibly apparent and Kohlschreiber was able to continue his "slim customer" routine, not becoming completely unruffled about the conditions or his tiredness or the ungodly hour of play. The pressure is always felt on a Grand Slam Court, but to withstand that as well as everything the fates can allow is what makes a champion and not being "passion's slave" is paramount. Kohlschreiber slide past Isner, perhaps, in his ability to get it together in the fourth and fifth set. It was amazing to watch and unfortunately, there were less than 1000 fans present to see Isner and Kohlschreiber's incredible demonstration of endurance. Both men are to be credited and lauded for this late night match.Continued on the next page