Following straight set victories in their respective contests on Thursday afternoon, Tomas Berdych and Philipp Kohlschreiber will compete for a spot in the final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. This marks the eighth time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Berdych leading the head-to-head series 7-1.
World No. 7 Tomas Berdych defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets to reach the semi-finals in Dubai. The opening round featured a competitive set, where both players remained on serve until the ninth game, where Tsonga failed to hit a single first serve in and allowed Berdych to break ahead and serve out the set in the following game. The second set was another interesting battle, as the opening four games all featured break point opportunities for the returner, yet Berdych eventually broke ahead once again to snatch the 6-4, 6-3 victory in 89 minutes. The win extends Berdych’s streak to 10 consecutive matches, including a title in Rotterdam two weeks back.
Seventh seed Philipp Kohlschreiber defeated Tunisian wild card Malek Jaziri in straight sets to reach the Dubai semi-finals. The German No. 2 struck 2 aces, won 3/4 break points and won 92% of his points on first serve to win 6-2, 6-3 in 72 minutes. Not only did the world No. 26 arrive at his first ATP World Tour semi-final of the season, the victory was also his 300th match win, making him only the second active German player – after Tommy Haas – to achieve that milestone in his career.
“It’s always great to win many matches on the tour, especially a few rounds in a row,” said Kohlschreiber, who won 26 of his 28 first service points. “I think I [produced] a very solid and good performance today. It’s great that I have 300 victories under my belt.”
This marks the eighth time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Berdych leading the head-to-head series 7-1. Kohlschreiber sole victory against the Czech came at the Rogers Cup in 2009. Since then, Berdych has won their last three consecutive encounters, with tomorrow’s contest being their first meeting since 2012. Berdych has been on quite a hot streak this season and will be looking to reach his second Dubai final with a strong victory over his German adversary.
Check out some more stats here: Berdych v Kohlschreiber Head to Head
Prediction: Tomas Berdych in Straight Sets