Monfils and Kohlschreiber to meet in Metz quarterfinal

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Seeded players Gaël Monfils and Philip Kohlschreiber see off their second round opponents to set up a quarterfinal match at 2012 Moselle Open in Metz.

This was the first professional match between French countrymen Monfils and Nicolas Mahut. Unseeded Mahut started the match with a lot of confidence as he snatched an early break and went 3-0 up in the first set. However, seventh-seeded Monfils kept breathing down his compatriot’s neck and eventually broke back. He went close to taking Mahut’s serve two more times, yet he could only steal the set after a dominant display in the tiebreaker. Despite a low first serve percentage (56%-49% from Monfils’s point of view) both of the players held on to their serves until 6-5 in the second set. Mahut was now serving to stay in the set, but came only as far as 15-0. Monfils won all of the remaining rallies in the game and celebrated a 7-6 (4), 7-5 second round victory.

Second seed German Kohlschreiber will be happy to have progressed into Metz quarterfinal, but will probably be quite worried about his second set collapse in the match against Benoit Paire of France. World No. 18 Kohlschreiber was in full control of the opener as he converted two break points and was serving for the set at 5-2. The 51st-ranked Frenchman did not want to go down without firing a shot: he generated two break point opportunities in that game, but Kohlschreiber defended both of them and went on leading one set to love after efficiently converting his first set ball.

The tables have turned in the following set. Paire hardly dropped a point on his serve, getting hold of a double break advantage in the process. The icing on the cake followed: he served out the set with a game to love. Kohlschreiber was not particularly disturbed by Paire’s impressive second set intermezzo. The German picked up where he had let off in the opening set and breezed through the decider in a similar fashion than Paire has done in the previous set. Kohlschreiber thus booked his quarterfinal spot with a 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 victory.

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