Querrey and Kohlschreiber advance to Auckland SFs

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Sam Querrey moves into the next round after a relatively comfortable victory over now Canadian Jesse Levine 6-4 7-6(5). The players traded early breaks but after that there was little to shout about on return, as serve was dominant. Querrey served 14 aces while Levine saved six of the eight break points he faced in the match. When forced to serve to stay in the set, it would be then that Levine buckled under the pressure, dropping his serve and with it the set at 30-40. Levine tightened up on serve after that but would still face one troublesome game midway through the second set. He would face four set points as Querrey tried to put away the match at 4-3 up but Levine held his nerve and eventually forced a tie break. One mini break was all that was needed though for the American, who rode the 2-0 lead all the way to the end, taking the match on his third match point after Levine had saved two on his own serve.

Philipp Kohlschreiber moved into the next round with a near identical scoreline, defeating Xavier Malisse 7-6(6) 6-4. The German looked to be affected by the wind in the previous round but had less issues this time round. Chances for the returner were at a premium with just three break point chances between the two players in the whole match. Malisse failed to convert his only one at 3-3 in the first set and after that the tie break looked a certainty. In the tiebreak, Kohlschreiber struck first but was pegged back instantly. The decisive mini break came at 6-6 in the set and Kohlschreiber was the one to take advantage, closing out the set on his serve for an 8-6 win. The second set saw zero deuce games, with serve remaining dominant except for the one awful game thrown in by Malisse at 2-2. He would fall three break points down, Kohlschreiber converting on the second one for the break lead in the set.  That would be enough as Kohlschreiber served out the remaining three games for the loss of just two points.

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