Thanks to a rain-soaked Wednesday, Kitzbühel will play host to 9 singles matches on Thursday – 5 second-round matches and all four quarterfinals. In second-round action, first seed Philipp Kohlschreiber overcame a slow start and a rain delay and defeated qualifier Attila Balazs. On Wednesday, the German quickly fell to 0-3, but battled back when play resumed the next day and took the match 6-4, 6-1. Kohlschreiber has set up a rematch against his Wimbledon third-round opponent Lukas Rosol, who defeated qualifier Antonio Veic in the second round.
Also in the second round, 4th seed Albert Ramos fell to Filippo Volandri in straight sets. The Spaniard struggled on his first serve throughout the match and hit 5 double faults. As a result, the first set saw Volandri open up 5 break point chance opportunities, from which he converted one. That was enough to seal the first set 6-4. The second set saw the pair trade breaks before Ramos’ serve again faltered, allowing Volandri to score another break and the win at 6-4, 6-4 in 95 minutes.
7th seed Ernests Gulbis drew a similar fate against Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva. Fresh off a walkover win in the first round, Dutra Silva broke Gulbis once in the first set and twice in the second to win 6-4, 6-4 in just under 80 minutes. Dutra Silva will play Volandri in Thursday’s quarterfinal match.
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