Match report

Dustin Brown ©
1st round
6/11/12 1 2 Tot
jm  Dustin Brown 6 6 0
de  Philipp Kohlschreiber 7 7 2
Philipp Kohlschreiber ©
  • Kohlschreiber opens Halle title defense with win

    6/12/12 5:38 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Philipp Kohlschreiber gets past Dustin Brown in two tight sets on Monday in Halle. Kohlschreiber is through to a second-round meeting with Lukasz Kubot.

    Philipp Kohlschreiber kicked off his title defense at the Gerry Weber Open on Monday afternoon with a hard-fought 7-6(4), 7-6(4) victory over Dustin Brown. Kohlschreiber struck six aces and double-faulted only once while winning 86 percent of his first-serve points as he prevailed in one hour and 22 minutes.

    Brown actually got off to a fast start, breaking his fellow German early in the opening set. Kohlschreiber, however, did not face another break point the entire rest of the way. Halle's No. 8 seed got the break back and took the ensuing tiebreaker seven points to four.

    Both players held comfortably throughout the second. In fact, Kohlschreiber dropped a mere two service points during the entire set. Brown battled through a few long service games but managed to force another tiebreaker without facing a break point. Once again, Kohlschreiber proved too tough in the crucial moments and closed out the proceedings.

    Next up for the world No. 34 is Lukasz Kubot, who dismissed Jarkko Nieminen 6-4, 6-4.

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