Kohlschreiber Through As Paire Falls In Hamburg
German going for second ATP World Tour title of the season
The 2014 semi-finalist (l. to L. Mayer) needed two hours and 36 minutes to record his 386th tour-level victory, a milestone that puts him squarely in third behind Boris Becker (713) and Tommy Haas (563) - and ahead of tournament director Michael Stich (385) - for most wins by a German in the Open Era. The Augsburg native also improved his FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Berlocq to 6-3.
A pair of Spaniards made noise on the German clay, with World No. 156 Daniel Gimeno-Traver defeating second seed Benoit Paire 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 in their first-round encounter. Gimeno-Traver recorded his first tour-level win since April and sixth of the season as he saved 14 of 21 break points faced to topple Paire in two hours and nine minutes.
Countryman Inigo Cervantes, No. 82 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, prevailed against No. 4 seed and #NextGen member Alexander Zverev 7-5, 7-6(2) in one hour and 40 minutes. Zverev, No. 27 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, another career-high for the 19 year old, was broken five times by the 26-year-old Cervantes, who played in the final of the clay-court Braunschweig Challenger on Saturday (l. to Bellucci).
But the Hamburg native said he again felt embraced by the home fans. “The spectators here are always very, very good to me. I feel very comfortable playing here,” Zverev said.
Cervantes next will face Frenchman Stephane Robert, who ousted 2014 Hamburg champion Leonardo Mayer 7-6(3), 6-4. But there was success for Mayer's Argentine countryman Renzo Olivo, who defeated Mikhail Youzhny 7-6(5), 2-6, 6-1 in two hours and 14 minutes.
Seventh seed Martin Klizan avoided an upset as he rallied from the loss of the second set to beat Igor Sijsling 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 in one hour and 44 minutes. After struggling with injuries to his right foot and neck, Klizan, No. 47 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, claimed his first tour-level win since February when he captured the biggest title of his career at the ATP World Tour 500 tournament in Rotterdam (d. Monfils).
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, the No. 8 seed, saved one match point in the third-set tie-break against Frenchman Kenny De Schepper to close out a 5-7, 6-2, 7-6(6) win in two hours and nine minutes. German wild card Louis Wessels, 17, became the youngest player to win an ATP World Tour main draw match this season by beating Canadian qualifier Steven Diez 5-7, 6-2, 6-1.
“I don't know how to describe it today. I'm feeling really good. I played an amazing match. The best match of my life. I actually don't know what to say. First ATP tournament at a 500 in Germany. As a German player, everyone was for me. It was an amazing feeling,” Wessels said. “I have to say I was not that nervous. I was thinking about it yesterday. I was playing on grass two days ago. I came from Wimbledon at 2 o'clock in the morning on Sunday and played one and a half days on clay. It's the best feeling I could have today.”
In the last match on Tuesday, 20-year-old Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev outlasted German Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 5-7, 6-4. Medvedev is one of four young players trying to win Tecnifibre's Young Guns Contest.
Match Tie-breaks determined the winners of first-round matches contested on Tuesday, with Guillermo Duran of Argentina and Jonathan Erlich of Israel advancing 6-7(4), 6-0, 10-5 over Frenchmen Paul-Henri Mathieu and Benoit Paire. The team of Colin Fleming of Great Britain and Mariusz Fyrstenberg of Poland prevailed 6-7(5), 6-3, 10-8 against the Spanish-Argentine pairing of Nicolas Almagro and Maximo Gonzalez.