An intriguing contest takes place between third seed Philipp Kohlschreiber and British No. 2 Daniel Evans in the quarter-final stage of the PBZ Zagreb Indoor tournament tomorrow afternoon. This marks the first time the two competitors will meet on the professional tour.
Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber reached the quarter-final in Zagreb after a quick dismissal of Andrey Golubev in 68 minutes. The world No. 27 lost just six points on serve and broke his opponent three times to reach his second quarter-final of the season. Kohlschreiber is making his debut at this of the PBZ Zagreb Indoors tournament and will be looking to advance further with a victory over lucky loser Dan Evans.
Evans rallied in his second round contest against Michael Berrer to reach his first career ATP World Tour quarter-final. After losing the opening set in disappointing fashion, Evans recovered superbly to snatch the victory 1-6, 6-1 7-6(4) in one hour and 37 minutes. The Briton will be looking to capitalize on his breakthrough performances last season when he made an unexpected run at the US Open, defeating Kei Nishikori and Bernard Tomic before losing to Tommy Robredo in the third round. Next for the world No. 147 is another German competitor in Kohlschreiber.
This marks the first time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour. It will also be Evans’ second highest ranked opponent since the start of the season, and while he has managed several impressive upsets over the past year, it is unlikely he will manage one tomorrow afternoon in Croatia. Kohlschreiber appears to be in form and will look to capitalize on any weaknesses Evans presents to reach his first semi-final of the season.
Prediction: Philipp Kohlschreiber in Straight Sets