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Kohlschreiber To Crack Top 20 By Reaching Kitzbuhel Final

Kitzbühel, Austria

Kohlschreiber© Eibner-PressefotoPhilipp Kohlschreiber advances to his second final of the year.

German Philipp Kohlschreiber will break into the Top 20 for the first time Monday after reaching the final in Kitzbuhel. The recent Wimbledon quarter-finalist defeated Italian Filippo Volandri after rallying from one set down at the bet-at-home Cup Kitzbuhel to reach his second ATP World Tour 250 final of the season.

Kohlschreiber, who won the Munich title in May, squandered a break in the first set and ultimately had to rally over three sets to beat Volandri 6-7(6), 6-2, 6-2.

In the final Kohlschreiber will meet third seed and defending champion Robin Haase, who won his first meeting with fifth seed Martin Klizan 6-3, 6-3. Appearing in his first semi-final since Winston-Salem 11 months ago, Haase improved his perfect record in Kitzbuhel to 8-0. At No. 42, Haase is the only Dutchman in the Top 100 of the South African Airways ATP Rankings.

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Kohlschreiber, who on Thursday played two singles matches and a doubles, said: "I spent a lot of time on court during the last two days. Now I’m glad to be in the final.

"I knew that at some point this year I could reach the Top 20. It’s great that it will happen now. Tomorrow I play for the trophy. I know that both Haase and Klizan are in a great form and like playing in the altitude."

Following the final Kohlschreiber will rush to London to compete in the Olympic tennis event. "Tomorrow I will try to catch the latest flight to England so I can at least sleep there."


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