The best that sixth-seeded German Phillip Kohlschreiber could do in Hamburg today was ensure that the crowd got their money’s worth, forcing each set to a 12th game and losing them both to a handy looking Nicolas Almagro.
It would be unfair to say that the top-seed made light work of his opponent, but Almagro will be pleased with his performance and another straight sets victory in the tournament after closing out the match 7-5 7-5.
Almagro will now face a tantalising encounter with Argentina’s Juan Monaco in the semi-finals. Monaco defeated Jeremy Chardy 6-3 7-5 in his quarter-final and, as no.3 seed, will fancy his chances to go all the way in Hamburg, although he will face a tough test in Almagro.
Tomorrow’s other semi-final will be contested by fourth-seed Marin Cilic and tour veteran Tommy Haas, who also defeated their respective opponents in straight sets.
Cilic’s game was the closer of the two; after taking the first set against Spain’s Albert Ramos 6-4, the unseeded player battled back to take the second set to a tie-break. The Croatian was too strong, however, and the match ended 6-4 7-6.
The award for most emphatic win of the day goes to Haas who trounced the seventh-seeded German Florian Mayer 6-1 in the first set before comfortably taking the second 6-4. The Hamburg born wild card is playing the tennis of a man rather younger than his 34 years and will be a solid opponent for Cilic in the semi.