Daniel Brands stunned Janko Tipsarevic to set up an all-German Munich 2013 semi-final clash against last year’s title holder Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Reigning champion Kohlschreiber became the second German to have entered semifinal stage of this year’s BMW Open in Munich. He was lucky to avoid an early break before pouncing on Viktor Troicki’s serve to move 5-3 ahead – it was the only break ball the unseeded Serb faced during the match. Fourth seed Kohlschreiber somehow managed to hold in the follow-up service game to take the opening set after averting all six of his opponent’s break points. The second set went with serve all the way to the tie-break with Troicki missing a couple of chances to claim the set at 6-5. The German then produced a triple match ball in the thirteenth game and needed no invitation to wrap it all up after approximately one hour and a half of tennis. The result: 6-3, 7-6 (3). Troicki will surely be ruing his missed chances as he squandered all of his ten break point opportunities.
The second Serbian-German clash in Munich today ended in an elimination of top seed Tipsarevic. The Serbian player got into trouble in the sixth game of the opening set where his challenger Brands tucked away the fourth break ball for a 4-2 lead. The unseeded German held his remaining two service games and took a one set lead thirty-seven minutes into the match. There were no break ball threats in the following set until the tenth game where Tipsarevic converted his very first break point to make it one set each. The Serb was unable to build on his second round success, though, as he suffered an early loss of serve in the decider. Brands consolidated the break and dropped only one point on his serve until the end of the match which he wrapped up in a style with a hold to love. End result: 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 after one hour and forty-three minutes of play. World no. 69 Brands has not won an ATP trophy yet.
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