The second round of ATP Munich and Oeiras, Protugal started on Wednesday and most of the seeded players found their way into the quarterfinals. Some more troubled than others, however.
Philipp Kohlschreiber won the BMW title last year and kept up his hopes of retaining his trophy. He eased in to the quarters as he made no mistakes during his last-16 match against rising star Evgeny Korolev in Munich.
Kohlschreiber was in pole position during the whole game breaking the Kazakh early in both sets. It was an inspired performance from Philipp, in front of a filled arena with an excited home crowd.
The German lost only five points on his serve throughout the whole match and finished the match 6-2 6-4. Kohlschreiber will now face Serbian Viktor Troicki in the quarterfinal.
Speaking to atpworldtour.com he said: “I was a little bit nervous. It’s an unusual feeling to be defending a title.
“I’m very pleased with my victory. Today we had a wonderful day. The crowd was great and I have so many friends here so all together, it makes it very special.
“I feel comfortable on the centre-court. I’ve won two times here, and as we say in Germany, all good things come in threes, so I’ll try my best to do it.”
Viktor Troicki also advanced in straight sets beating Radek Stepanek 6-4 6-4. It was however, a hard fought victory for the Serb as he went down a break in both sets before turning it around.
The biggest upset of Wednesday in Munich was seeing Ivan Dodig advance into the quarter-finals after beating his fellow countryman and last year’s runner up Marin Cilic.
It was a very sloppy performance by Cilic and in the end Dodig did not have to fight very hard to come through as he won 6-4 6-2. He will now battle Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov for a place in the semifinals on Saturday. Dolgopolov knocked out Russian Dimitry Tursunov in two straight tiebreaks.
In Oeiras, Portugal, first seed David Ferrer entered the tournament for the first time in four years, against Frenchman Eduardo Roger-Vasselin. Everything seemed to go as planned for the Spaniard who was in charge leading 6-4 4-2 and 40-0 on serve, when the unexpected happened.
Three straight unforced errors from Ferrer eventually led to a break in that very game, and from there he lost the set 4-6.
Ferrer did however come back in the third set and broke the Frenchman’s serve late at the standing of 4-3. He afterwards managed serve it out 6-3 4-6 6-3 in the following game. When speaking to the atpworldtour.com post game, the Spaniard blamed his sudden meltdown on a lack of focus.
“I think I played well in the first set and part of the second,” said Ferrer.
“But I lost my focus and didn’t return serve well. I will need to improve my game for the next round.”
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