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Kohlschreiber Saves 5 M.P. In Halle; Nishikori, Federer To Clash

Halle, Germany

Kohlschreiber© Getty ImagesPhilipp Kohlschreiber, who won the 2011 Halle title, saved five match points against Dustin Brown.

Philipp Kohlschreiber remains on course to lift his fifth ATP World Tour title on German soil after he beat compatriot Dustin Brown, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6(16), on Friday for a place in the Gerry Weber Open semi-finals.

Kohlschreiber recovered from a 2-5 deficit in the tie-break and saved five match points at 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15. The match lasted two hours and 11 minutes.

“I don’t think I’ve ever had such a long third set,” said Kohlschrieber. “It was a mere war of nerves [and] unbelievable tension. It was very exhausting to keep calm, stay cool and maybe even enjoy it. The atmosphere was extraordinarily great, but in the end you just want to leave the court as the winner. I am happy that I made it in the end.”

Brown had convincingly defeated World No. 1 Rafael Nadal in 59 minutes on Thursday, and stated he would take confidence from this week's performance into Wimbledon, where he reached the third round as qualifier last year.

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"After playing a match like this today against Kohlschreiber, being up, being down and fighting and having a match yesterday against Rafa, to be honest I’m not worried about any draw... I’m pretty sure none of those 120 guys want to play me first round either," said Brown.

Kohlschreiber, the 2011 Halle titlist, recorded his 27th win in 35 matches at the ATP World Tour 250 grass-court tournament and will next face Alejandro Falla.

Earlier in the day, Falla had booked a spot in his first ATP World Tour semi-final since a his runner-up finish at Bogota in July 2013.

The Colombian edged past German wild card Peter Gojowczyk, 7-6(4), 7-6(2) in one hour and 46 minutes. Gojowczyk recorded his first Top 10 win versus Milos Raonic in the second round.

"I feel comfortable at my first tournament of the grass season," said Falla. "I knew my chances were good and I had expectations to get good results. I'm in the semi-finals now and I've played a good level of tennis. I'm happy. I know I can reach to the final.

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Fourth seed Kei Nishikori ended the run of Steve Johnson, saving all five break points he faced in a 6-1, 7-6(4) victory over 80 minutes.

Nishikori, who will now play second seed and six-time champion Roger Federer, has already won two titles this year at Memphis (d. Karlovic) and Barcelona (d. Giraldo).

Federer advanced to the semi-finals when Yen-Hsun Lu pulled out ahead of their clash, due to a back injury.

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