Philipp Kohlschreiber secured his place in the second round of the 2016 German Tennis Championships after a 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3 win over Carlos Berlocq on Tuesday in Hamburg.
The home favourite and top seed was forced to work hard for his win, with the 2014 semi-finalist taking two hours and 36 minutes to finally down his Argentinian opponent.
Elsewhere, Inigo Cervantes beat Alexander Zverev, 7-5, 7-6 (2), and Louis Wessels defeated Steven Diez, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1.
Read on for a run through of the results from Round 1 and a recap of all of the day’s action.
|Philipp Kohlschreiber bt. Carlos Berlocq||6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3|
|Daniel Gimeno-Traver bt. Benoit Paire||7-5, 3-6, 6-4|
|Martin Klizan bt. Igor Sijsling||6-4, 1-6, 6-3|
|Guillermo Garcia-Lopez bt. Kenny De Schepper||5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (6)|
|Renzo Olivo bt. Mikhail Youzhny||7-6 (5), 2-6, 6-1|
|Stephane Robert bt. Leonardo Mayer||7-6 (3), 6-4|
|Louis Wessels bt. Steven Diez||5-7, 6-2, 6-1|
|Inigo Cervantes bt. Alexander Zverev||7-5, 7-6 (2)|
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Per ATPWorldTour.com, the Augsburg-born Kohlschreiber recorded his 386th tour-level victory in his homeland to lift himself into third in the overall rankings for most wins by a German in the Open Era.
He was forced to take it to three sets to secure progression into the second round of the tournament after Berlocq won the second set by a five-point margin in a tiebreak.
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However, the German’s baseline prowess proved too much for his opponent after comfortably breaking his Argentinian rival twice in the final stages of the contest.
Kohlschreiber is eager to add to his one title in 2016 in Hamburg, and he has been drawn against Argentina’s Nicolas Kicker in the next round.
The official German Championships Twitter account provided Kohlschreiber’s reaction to his victory:
#Kohlschreiber after his win: “I’m very happy or calm because I can still raise my game.” #GOTC16 #Hamburg #ATP pic.twitter.com/Lrv3nsC69r
— German Open (@Am_Rothenbaum) July 12, 2016
Elsewhere on Tuesday, Spain’s Cervantes—listed at No. 82 in the Emirates ATP Rankings—saw off No. 4 seed Zverev in just over 90 minutes.
Per ATPWorldTour.com, the 19-year-old was broken five times by his rival but took both sets a long way. According to TennisAbstract.com, Zverev is the youngest player under 20 to ever secure a position in the ATP Top 30.
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Another Spaniard was also in action in Hamburg, with world No. 156 Daniel Gimeno-Traver beating No. 2 seed Benoit Paire, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, in the first round. Paire’s failure to make the most of his break-point opportunities proved to be the difference between the two players.
The 27-year-old Frenchman won just seven of his 21 break points, as Gimeno-Traver won just his sixth tour-level match of the campaign.
No. 7 seed Martin Klizan also progressed into the second round of the competition with a topsy-turvy 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 win over Croatia’s Igor Sijsling. He will be joined by No. 8 seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the next stage of the tournament after he sealed his passage with a 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (6) win over Kenny De Schepper.