World No. 9 Richard Gasquet and German No. 2 Philipp Kohlschreiber will meet for a fourth time on the professional tour at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament tomorrow afternoon. The head-to-head series stands at 2-1 for Gasquet, although the pair have not crossed paths in two years.
Fourth-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet rallied from a set down to defeat Dutchman Thiemmo de Bakker 6-7(5), 7-6(2), 6-3. The Frenchman withstood 16 aces from Thiemmo and saved five break points snatch the victory in two hours and 23 minutes. Gasquet is now 8-3 this season, after reaching the finals in Montpellier last week and will next meet German Philipp Kohlschreiber for a spot in the quarter-final.
German No. 2 Philipp Kohlschreiber began his campaign in Rotterdam with a straight sets victory over Sergiy Stakhovsky. The German his four aces and did not allow a single break point opportunity on his serve to comfortably win the match 6-2, 7-5 in 65 minutes. After reaching his first quarter-final in Auckland, where he lost to John Isner, Kohlschreiber reached his second QF last week but would lose to lucky loser Daniel Evans. He will be looking to reach his first semi-final this season and is a mere two victories away from doing so.
This marks the fourth time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Gasquet leading the series 2-1. While that may be the case, Philipp Kohlschreiber holds the most recent victory, with a win at the 2012 Montpellier Indoor tournament. It has been two years since there last encounter, where Gasquet has lifted himself back into the Top 1o in the rankings. If he performs at his best, he should manage the victory in three sets.
Prediction: Richard Gasquet in Three Sets