• Kohlschreiber, Querrey battle in Auckland semi

    1/10/13 5:10 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Kohlschreiber, Querrey battle in Auckland semi Former Heineken Open winner Philipp Kohlschreiber looks to reach another final at the tournament, as he takes on fellow seed Sam Querrey. The winner moves on to face either defending champion David Ferrer or wildcard Gael Monfils.

    Second seed Philipp Kohlschreiber trails fourth seed Sam Querrey 2-1 in the series. The two are slated to contest their first hard-court meeting since the 2009 Australian Open.

    Kohlschreiber is through to the semifinal by virtue of his straight-set ousting of Belgium's Xavier Malisse, 7-6(6), 6-4. The 29-year-old German, who won the Auckland title in 2008, held 11 consecutive service games through 80 minutes.

    "If (Querrey) serves well and feels confident then he is a tough guy to beat for sure," said the veteran. "They are fast conditions so they will favor his game a little bit more but I will try to hang in and return pretty well. I think that’s the key moment for tomorrow, that I play good return games."

    Kohlschreiber is seeking a berth in his eighth ATP World Tour final.

    Querrey made the final four after upending Canadian qualifier Jesse Levine in straight sets. The American tallied 14 aces en route to a 6-4, 7-6(5) victory in 82 minutes.

    "I’m going to need to return a little better. Take a few more chances on some second serve returns and try to play big and play confident," Querrey commented.

    Prediction: Kohlschreiber in three sets.

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