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Lopez, Kohlschreiber & Australian Duo Reach QFs

Munich, Germany

Tomic© AFP/Getty ImagesBernard Tomic advanced to his first ATP World Tour quarter-final.

Fourth seed and 2007 champion Philipp Kohlschreiber reached the quarter-finals at the BMW Open for the fifth time on Thursday in Munich as he defeated Ernests Gulbis 7-5, 6-3. The German won 80 per cent of points on serve and broke serve once in each set to wrap up victory in one hour and 37 minutes.

The 28 year old improved to a 14-6 record at the ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament, having lifted the trophy with victory over Mikhail Youzhny in the 2007 final. He is bidding to reach his third semi-final of the season after last four showings in Auckland (l. to Rochus) and Montpellier (l. to Berdych).

Second-seeded Spaniard Feliciano Lopez maintained his strong clay-court form as he defeated Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-4, 7-6(4). The left-hander clinched the only service break of the match for victory in 86 minutes.

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Lopez has a 5-3 mark on clay this season, highlighted by a semi-final showing in Houston (l. to Isner) last month. Last week he held three match points against David Ferrer in the quarter-finals of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, but was unable to win against his fellow Spaniard.

In the quarter-finals, Lopez will face fifth seed Bernard Tomic, who reached his first ATP World Tour clay-court quarter-final as he edged Italian Potito Starace 6-1, 6-7(4), 6-3. The Australian trailed by a break of serve in the final set, but reeled off six of the last seven games to prevail in just over two hours.

"I played very well in the first set and had chances to be up early in that second set," reflected Tomic. "I think that could have made a difference to not play three sets. He started playing good in the third and I was down a break, so it was good for me to get back and I played well in the end.

"My clay-court game has struggled in the past few years," he continued. "Now, to win back-to-back matches at the same tournament is huge for me so I'm going to keep going and hopefully next round I can win too." 

Tomic was joined in the last eight by fellow Australian Marinko Matosevic, who won a second-round duel between two qualifiers, 6-1, 6-7(2), 6-2, against Colombia’s Robert Farah. The 26-year-old Matosevic is contesting his first ATP World Tour clay-court tournament and broke serve five times from 14 opportunities to reach his second quarter-final of the season.

The last time two Australians reached the quarter-finals of an ATP World Tour clay-court event was when Jason Stoltenberg and Sandon Stolle made the last eight at Coral Springs in 1996.

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