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Kohlschreiber, Querrey Into Final Four

Auckland, New Zealand

Querrey© Getty ImagesSam Querrey served 14 aces in his straight sets win over Jesse Levine

Second seed Philipp Kohlschreiber has advanced to the semi-finals of the Heineken Open in Auckland with a 7-6(6), 6-4 victory over Xavier Malisse on Thursday. 

The German won 80 per cent of points on his first serve in a match that lasted one hour and 19 minutes.  The result lifted his FedEx ATP Head2Head record against No. 62 Malisse to 2-2.

“In the crucial moments in the tie-break and also when I was facing one break down I played pretty good and solid so I’m very happy with my game,” Kohlschreiber said.

Kohlschreiber's semi-final opponent is fourth seed Sam Querrey who rallied past qualifier Jesse Levine 6-4, 7-6(5).

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“If he serves well and feels confident then he is a tough guy to beat for sure,” Kohlschreiber said ahead of his battle with Querrey. “They are fast conditions so they will favour his game a little bit more but I will try to hang in and return pretty well. I think that’s the key moment for tomorrow, that I play good return games,” said the German.

World No. 104 Levine saved two match points during the second set tie-break but was unable to fend off a third. Querrey served 14 aces and won 84 percent of his first serve points in his third win over the Canadian.

The American holds a 2-1 FedEx ATP Head2Head lead over Kohlschreiber and won their last meeting, at Roland Garros in 2011, in four sets.

“I’m going to need to return a little better. Take a few more chances on some second serve returns and try to play big and play confident," Querrey said when asked how he would approach Friday's semi-final. The American believes his serve is "one of the five or six best" on the ATP World Tour. 

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