One of the two remaining German’s in the Hamburg quarter-finals will take to court on Friday afternoon, as Philipp Kohlschreiber and Lukas Rosol meet for the fourth time on the professional tour. The head to head series stands at 2-1 in the Germans favour, yet Rosol holds the most recent win, which took place at Stuttgart last week. It will be interesting if the Czech native can make it two in a row at the bet-at-home Open.
The seventh seeded Kohlschreiber managed to avoided the seeds exodus over the past few days in Hamburg, as he reached the quarter-final round of the tournament after defeating France’s Gilles Simon 7-5, 6-3 on Thursday afternoon. The contest lasted exactly 1 hour and 30 minutes and saw the German hit 2 aces, win 64% of his 1st service points and convert 6 break point opportunities. He is yet to drop a set this week in Hamburg, as he defeated Portugal’s Gastao Elias 7-5, 6-1 a day earlier after receiving a bye into the second round.
The world No. 26 is now through to his eighth quarter-final round contest this season, and is looking to secure his second title of the year after winning Dusseldorf two months ago.
While Kohlschreiber may have been able to avoid the inevitable fate of all seeded players this week, Tommy Robredo was unable to muster up the resistance necessary to avoid a 7-5, 7-6(6) loss to Lukas Rosol on Thursday. Rosol struck 7 aces, won 70% of his points on first serve, and saved all 7 of the break points he faced during the entire duration of the contest.
This will mark the fourth time these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour and the third time on clay. The German leads the series 2-1 but lost their only encounter this year, which took place last week at Stuttgart. Their prior two meetings took place in 2012, and will likely play no part in tomorrow’s result. Rosol is more than capable of duplicating his results from last week and will likely do so, this time in three sets.
Prediction: Lukas Rosol in Three Sets