Phillip Kohlschreiber will have been forgiven for feeling a few pre-match nerves before his second round clash with Italy’s Fabio Fognini in Hamburg. Fognini looked strong in the second set of his first round tie with Marsel Ilhan and most were expecting the one time Roland Garros quarter finalist to breeze past the German.
Kohlschreiber silenced any critics with a straight sets win, taking the second round match 7-5 6-2. The often outspoken Italian had little to moan about here, beaten, as he was, comprehensively.
The earlier game was a little closer but eventually went the way the form book suggested it would. A tie break was required to separate Argentina’s Juan Monaco and Spain’s Daniel Munoz-De La Nava, Monaco taking that one 7-6.
The match’s second set wasn’t quite as tight, Monaco winning 6-3 to finish off a straight sets victory