19th seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber will be up against France’s Benoit Paire in a second round match at the US Open 2012 on Friday.
Kohlschreiber beat another French player Michael Llodra in the opening round in a keenly fought encounter. The two shared the first couple of sets before the German won a third set tie-breaker to race ahead. Kohlschreiber then ran through the fourth set 6-1 to make it to the second round.
Paire, ranked 49th in the world, was up against Grigor Dimitrov in his opening encounter and needed to overcome a first set loss. He went on to defeat Dimitrov 5-7, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 to enter the second round.
The French player had earlier entered the US Open with four successive defeats and will be a touch happier to have stalled that streak. The last match he had won was a first round encounter at Gstaad.
Kohlschreiber, who has never played Paire before, too was on a two-match losing streak on hard courts, having won only one match. He should be the favourite going into this second round encounter.
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