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Kohlschreiber To Play Volandri In SFs; Kitzbühel Plays Catch-Up

Kitzbühel, Austria

Kohlschreiber© GEPA PicturesPhilipp Kohlschreiber overcame a slow start to beat Atilla Balazs 6-4, 6-1.

Top-seeded German Philipp Kohlschreiber will meet Filippo Volandri of Italy in the bet-at-home Cup Kitzbühel semi-finals after a busy Thursday at the ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament. Several players were forced to contest two matches after rain wreaked havoc with Wednesday’s action.

Top seed Philipp Kohlschreiber fought back from a 0-3 first-set deficit overnight against Hungarian qualifier Attila Balazs in the second round on Thursday morning, before he hit 13 aces past Czech Lukas Rosol for a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 win in one hour and 44 minutes later in the afternoon.

This season’s BMW Open titlist Kohlschreiber goes onto contest his fifth ATP World Tour semi-final (or better). He has a 35-16 match record on the season. The World No. 23 leads Volandri 1-0 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, having met four-and-a-half years ago at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha.

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Volandri beat fourth-seeded Spaniard Albert Ramos 6-4, 6-4 and then knocked out Rogerio Dutra Silva of Brazil by the same score in the afternoon. It is his first ATP World Tour semi-final (or better) since finishing runner-up to Nicolas Almagro at the Brasil Open 2012 in Sao Paulo. In the second round, Dutra Silva had won 72 per cent of his service points to defeat seventh-seeded Latvian Ernests Gulbis 6-4, 6-4.

Third seed Robin Haase converted four of 14 break point opportunities to beat qualifier Philipp Oswald 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 in two hours and 12 minutes. He then hit nine aces to beat American Wayne Odesnik 6-2, 6-4 for a semi-final berth.

Haase will play fifth-seeded Slovakian Martin Klizan or Simone Bolelli of Italy.

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