The preceding game on Hamburg’s Centre Court was a slightly closer affair as Bjorn Phau and Philipp Kohlschreiber exchanged sets. With the all German encounter poised at one set all it was sixth-seeded Kohlschreiber who made his class show in the decider, taking the match 4-6 6-2 6-3.
Over on M3, Fabio Fognini completed the last 16 lineup with a straight sets victory over Turkey’s Marsel Ilhan. Currently ranked at 160th in the world, the Uzbekistani born Ilhan is almost 100 places behind Fognini in the world rankings.
However, Ilhan gave Fognini some scares early on on the Hamburg clay before the Italian eventually closed out the first set 7-5. Fabio Fognini is something of a clay court specialist and is a former French Open quarterfinalist; he made this experience show in the second, coasting to a 6-2 victory.