• Federer takes on Kohlschreiber in Halle quarterfinals

    6/11/10 1:42 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Federer takes on Kohlschreiber in Halle quarterfinals Roger Federer is three wins away from winning his sixth Halle title. Standing in his way of a semifinal spot is Philipp Kohlschreiber.

    Roger Federer and Philipp Kohlschreiber will be squaring off for the fifth time in their careers when they meet in the quarterfinals of the Gerry Weber Open on Friday.

    Federer leads the head-to-head series 4-0, including 3-0 on grass and 2-0 at this Halle event. The top-seeded Swiss prevailed 6-3, 6-4 in the 2005 quarterfinals and 6-3, 6-4 in the 2008 title match. Their most recent encounter--at Wimbledon last year--saw Kohlschreiber take a set off Federer for the first time, although the underdog still went down 6-3, 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-1.

    While the world No. 2 has not been in scintillating form since the Australian Open, another Federer victory has to be expected. He bounced back from his French Open loss to Robin Soderling with straight-set wins over Jarkko Nieminen and Alejandro Falla on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively.

    Kohlschreiber is in the midst in another solid but unspectacular season, which has been the norm for him throughout his career. The German, however, has slipped just outside the Top 30 at No. 35 in the world rankings. He is 21-13 for his 2010 campaign after Halle wins over Ruben Bemelmans (in three sets) and Marco Chiudinelli (in straights).

    The German fans will be squarely behind Kohlschreiber, but he is once again catching Federer on the wrong surface. Kohlschreiber is a stellar all-court player, but Federer is looking good on grass and the favorite should cruise in straight sets.

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looking at form, in halle just 4 guys remaining looks capable of taking a set from fed now..
and kohli is one of them..
this should be tight!!

clayking , 6/11/10 6:15 AM

Federer in straight sets

saxenanalin , 6/11/10 7:00 AM

federer in 2

is any1 missing haas....i love his grass court tennis!!!

vrael , 6/11/10 9:31 AM

federer in 2. this ones going to be a beatdown.

tj600 , 6/11/10 10:05 AM

I think Fed will win in straights but no beatdown! Kohl is a good enough player who can cause some problems for the top players. May be one 7-5 or 7-6 set followed by a 6-4 or 6-3 set.

luckystar , 6/11/10 11:26 AM

I am expecting a good match.hope federer should be tested in this match.

champ00289 , 6/11/10 12:33 PM

federer in 2 but not a beatdown...kohli can match the top guys with his shotmaking.

vamosrafa , 6/11/10 12:49 PM

clayking ,

looking at form, in halle just 4 guys remaining looks capable of taking a set from fed now..

can u just name these 4 guys.

champ00289 , 6/11/10 12:51 PM

the 3, not 4, are
1) hewitt (if he is fit, he is always formidable)
2) becker (his best surface is grass, add to that home support and his good form at halle, he should take a set)
3) kohlschreiber (always a solid player)

I was including petzschner in the list too since he was doing great, but after seeing that he is supposed to play lacko, i do not think he will even meet fed..

Oh by the way the only reason, becker and kohli has been portrayed as any sort of threat is because fed is not in very insipring form and anyone who has run fed close shoud fancy their chances.. Both kohli and becker has given scares to fed, atleast for a set in the past!! so they should play well for a set and, if fed does not raise his level, should certainly snag a set..

clayking , 6/11/10 1:20 PM

It's close between Federer and Khols.

nadline , 6/11/10 6:33 PM

Well, 7-5, 4-1 but with Kohli to serve next up. Looks like Halle has the glamour weekend with both Federer and (for sure) Hewitt into the last four. They've been falling over themselves at Queens this week.

gorafago , 6/11/10 6:55 PM

AS I predicted, Fed wins in straight sets: 7-5, 6-3. Kohl can never beat Fed on grass, only Rafa can! That really speaks volume about both Fed and Rafa!

luckystar , 6/11/10 7:05 PM

fed -hewitt final will be treat to watch

saxenanalin , 6/11/10 7:55 PM

nice and easy for federer, really smooth ..hewitt will offer resistance but they wil end in vain.

vamosrafa , 6/11/10 7:56 PM

I don't know, I think Hewitt could steal one away from Fed. The way Hewitt played against Roddick in last year's WImbledon quarters... I mean, he broke Roddick's serve more times than Federer did in the finals, but still lost the match. If Hewitt can find that same level, he might be able to steal two sets.


Arvis , 6/11/10 10:01 PM

Good point Arvis. I dont imagine the World #2 would allow Lleyton to impede his progress in a slam; but over three sets he might let him get away, certainly if the loud-mouthed Aussie takes the first set. In the event I suspect RF may be happy to have secured the full complement of matches at Halle - though it mightn't hurt to try and build some confidence after his RG catastrophe by actually trying to win this thing ahead of the inevitable Rafa showdown at Wimbledon (if they both get that far).

gorafago , 6/11/10 11:34 PM

Was Roger's RG a catastrophe? I mean... I guess thinking about it in the sense that it was his worst result at a Slam in six years, yeah, but... I mean, the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam is still a pretty good showing, in my book.

Either way, Rog doesn't seem all that broken up about it. I think he's just out there to have fun and try and win some big matches. His legacy is pretty secure, at this point. :)


Arvis , 6/12/10 2:30 AM

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