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Kohlschreiber Begins Düsseldorf Title Bid; Monaco Beats Granollers For QF Berth

Dusseldorf, Germany

Monaco© Laci Perenyi-Rochus Turnier GmbHJuan Monaco has lost just six games in his two matches this week.

Top seed Philipp Kohlschreiber opened his bid for a fifth ATP World Tour title on Wednesday. The World No. 29 won 93 per cent of his points on first serve in a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Teymuraz Gabashvili, for a place in the Düsseldorf Open quarter-finals.

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"I had a really good start and I’m very happy with the performance," Kohlschreiber told "Most of my victories and big wins have come in Germany. It’s a great opportunity to play in my country."

In the quarter-finals, the German No. 2 will meet qualifier Mate Delic, who recorded his second ATP World Tour victory with a 6-3, 6-0 performance over wild card Dustin Brown. The Croatian won 69 per cent of his service points in the match lasting 46 minutes.

Italian Andreas Seppi reached his second quarter-final of 2014 (also Munich) with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Adrian Mannarino of France. The World No. 33 vies for a semi-final berth against Denis Istomin, who dropped the first set before prevailing over qualifier Jason Kubler 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in 98 minutes.

Jurgen Melzer, who celebrates his 33rd birthday tomorrow, edged past fourth seed Joao Sousa 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-4 to set up a clash against Jiri Vesely, who hit eight aces past former World No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko in a 6-1, 7-6(5) win.

Defending champion Juan Monaco has dropped just six games in two matches. Monaco broke a three-match losing streak against second seed Marcel Granollers with a 6-1, 6-2 victory in 74 minutes. Monaco defeated Benjamin Becker by the same scoreline in the first round.

“I was happy with the way I played today,” Monaco told “It is a big boost for my confidence whenever I win matches like this.” Monaco will next face seventh seed Ivo Karlovic, who struck 11 aces and won 36 of his 38 first-service points in a 6-4, 7-5 win over wild card Nikola Milojevic.

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Germans Reach Semi-finals
Martin Emmrich and Christopher Kas advanced to the Düsseldorf Open semi-finals after recording a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Frantisek Cermak and Mikhail Elgin. Emmrich partnered with Andre Begemann for the trophy last year.

The pair will battle Johan Brunstrom and Frederik Nielsen for a berth in the final. The Swedish-Danish duo defeated the all-Spanish team of Marcel Granollers and Pere Riba 6-2, 6-4.

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