DUBAI DUTY FREE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014
Berdych Ousts Tsonga In Dubai; Kohlschreiber Records 300th Match Win
by ATP Staff|
Third seed Tomas Berdych has an opportunity to reach the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships final for the second year in a row on Friday when he plays seventh seed Philipp Kohlschreiber in the semi-finals.
Berdych leads 7-1 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, but the pair has not met for two years. "I have seen Philipp play here and he's playing really well," said Berdych. "He's playing very aggressive, very confident, too, and he’s always a tough opponent to play."
Berdych extended his winning streak to 10 matches, which includes capturing his eighth ATP World Tour title at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament (d. Cilic) two weeks ago, when he knocked out fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 6-3 on Thursday evening. Berdych broke Tsonga to love to clinch the 34-minute opener, having hit 10 winners. He saved all five break points he faced in the second set, breaking clear at 3-3 en route to an 89-minute victory.
"It was very close," said Berdych. "The second set was very tight. I faced many break points. I think two games in a row in my serve, which was very tough."
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Kohlschreiber recorded the 300th match win of his career on Thursday. He joined Tommy Haas (553 wins) as the second active German player to reach the milestone after he defeated wild card Malek Jaziri 6-2, 6-3 in 72 minutes.
"It's always great to win many matches on the tour, especially a few rounds in a row," said Kohlschreiber, who won 26 of his 28 first service points. "I think I [produced] a very solid and good performance today. It's great that I have 300 victories under my belt."
Top seed Novak Djokovic, the four-time Dubai titlist, will need to beat fourth seed and five-time champion Roger Federer if he is to notch his 550th match win. Djokovic reached the last four at the ATP World Tour 500 hard-court tournament when sixth seed Mikhail Youzhny, the 2007 and 2012 runner-up, pulled out ahead of their clash due to illness.
Nestor/Zimonjic Close On Doubles Final
Top seeds Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic booked their spot in the semi-finals with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Roberto Bautista Agut and Igor Sijsling in 59 minutes. The duo, who reached the 2001 final (l. to Eagle/Stolle), will now play Daniel Brands and Florian Mayer.
Nestor, 41, won the 2002 title with Mark Knowles (d. Eagle/Stolle), while 37-year-old Zimonjic partnered Fabrice Santoro to the 2007 trophy (d. Bhupathi/Stepanek). Nestor and Zimonjic lifted silverware at the Apia International Sydney (d. Bopanna/Qureshi) in the second week of the 2014 ATP World Tour season.
Later in the day, second seeds Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi edged past Mahesh Bhupathi and Denis Istomin 5-7, 7-6(3), 10-7. Bhupathi and Bopanna won the doubles title in 2012 (d. Fyrstenberg-Matkowski).