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Dodig Dismisses Cilic In All-Croat Clash; Kohlschreiber Opens Title Defence

Munich, Germany

Kohlschreiber© Bongarts/Getty ImagesPhilipp Kohlschreiber won his title defence opener.

World No. 56 Ivan Dodig dismissed last year's runner-up Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-2 on Wednesday, handing the second seed his earliest exit in six appearances at the BMW Open in Munich.

Meeting for the third time, Dodig converted four of his eight break point opportunities to claim the all-Croat clash in 78 minutes. The 28 year old improved to 2-1 against the 11th-ranked Cilic and reached his third quarter-final of the season (Zagreb, Delray Beach).

For a place in the semi-finals, Dodig will face fifth seed Alexandr Dolgopolov. The Ukranian edged Dmitry Tursunov 7-6(2), 7-6(3), hitting 13 aces to post his 10th tour-level win in 2013.

Fourth-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber opened his title defence with a strong start, cruising past qualifier Evgeny Korolev 6-2, 6-4. Kohlschreiber won 88 per cent of his service points in the 63-minute victory. The German is bidding to retain an ATP World Tour title for the first time and will square off against Viktor Troicki in the quarter-finals.

“I was a little bit nervous. It’s an unusual feeling to be defending a title,” Kohlschreiber told ATPWorldTour.com. “I’m very pleased with my victory. Today we had a wonderful day. The crowd was great and I have so many friends here so all together, it makes it very special. I feel comfortable on the centre court. I’ve won two times here, and as we say in Germany, all good things come in threes, so I’ll try my best to do it.”

Troicki defeated Radek Stepanek 6-4, 6-4 in 81 minutes. The Serbian avenged his first-round loss at this year’s Australian Open, where he let a two-set lead slip over Stepanek. Troicki has won back-to-back matches at his last two tournaments.

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Trio Of Seeds Advance
Three seeded teams won their openers. Top seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares, coming off their second team triumph of the season in Barcelona, eased past Johan Brunstrom and Frank Moser 6-4, 6-2. Second seeds Jurgen Melzer and Leander Paes beat Christopher Kas and Oliver Marach 6-2, 1-6, 10-6. Third seeds Julian Knowle and Filip Polasek topped wild card duo Matthias Bachinger and Daniel Brands 7-6(6), 7-6(7).

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