BMW Open By FWU AG
Germans Kohlschreiber, Kiefer Advance
by ATP Staff|
Nicolas Kiefer and Philipp Kohlschreiber (pictured) pleased German tennis fans as they both advanced to the second round of the BMW Open by FWU AG in contrasting manners on Monday at the ATP World Tour 250 tennis tournament in Munich.
No. 6 seed Kiefer rallied from a one-set deficit to oust upcoming Latvian Ernests Gulbis 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 in 92 minutes. After losing serve twice to surrender the opening set, Kiefer hit back to break serve four times in the second and third set – thus avoiding a repeat of the first-round loss he suffered on his debut in 1996 (l. to Philippoussis).
World No. 29 Kiefer snapped a three-match losing streak that saw him lose in the second round of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami (l. to Federer) and fall in the first round of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters (l. to Beck) and last week at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia (l. to Monaco). He evened his match record on the season at 4-4.
Kiefer next will face Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, who converted three of eight break points as he cruised past Russian Evgeny Korolev 6-3, 6-3. The 22-year-old Chardy, who recorded his second clay-court victory of the season, is this week a career-high No. 40 in the South African Airways 2009 ATP Rankings. The right-hander reached his first ATP World Tour final in Johannesburg (l. to Tsonga) in February and was a semi-finalist in Delray Beach (l. to Fish) later that month.
The No. 41-ranked Kohlschreiber was granted smooth passage through to the second round, holding a 6-2, 2-1 lead when Bjorn Phau retired with a right-hand injury in an all-German first-round clash. Kohlschreiber could face second seed Marin Cilic in the second round, should the Croatian get past German qualifier Dieter Kindlmann.
The 25-year-old Kohlschreiber won his maiden ATP World Tour title in Munich in 2007 by defeating Mikhail Youzhny, the player he teamed with to also win the doubles title that year. The Augsburg native has a 13-8 match record on the season, highlighted by back-to-back quarter-finals at the start of the season in Doha (l. to Federer) and Auckland (W/O vs. Ferrer).
Russian Mikhail Youzhny set up a second-round clash with third-seeded Spaniard Nicolas Almagro after knocking out Ivo Minar 6-3, 7-6(5). The 64th-ranked Muscovite has failed to win back-to-back matches in an ATP main draw since reaching consecutive quarter-finals in Rotterdam (l. to Ancic) and Marseille (l. to Llodra) in February. As well as reaching the Munich final in 2007, the 26 year old was also a semi-finalist on his debut in 2002 (l. to El Aynaoui) and reached the quarter-finals in 2003 (l. to Federer).