His entire Tennis life, Philipp Kohlschreiber has been waiting for this Moment, in the 19th century. Year as a professional, the veteran has finally made it. With the score 6:4, 6:4 Novak Djokovic in Indian Wells, the 35-Year-olds in the twelfth start-up finally, the first victory over a number one.
"it's a Pity that the tournament is not over," said Kohlschreiber, almost a bit sad, because a lot of time to Enjoy remained to him in the California desert. After the success on Tuesday, the Frenchman Gael Monfils was waiting in the first knockout round in the night to Thursday on the 39. the world ranking list. The second success over Djokovic, and the first Triumph over the Serbs after nearly ten years of waiting, wanted to celebrate Kohlschreiber with his Coach Tobias Summerer but at least a little bit. "I know that it is a very special victory," said Augsburger.
Kohlschreiber has proven in his career that he does not have to fear the Big names in the industry, only managed him so far, just rare to hit one of them. The 5:2 in the second set, Djokovic seemed to find after the first Break, once again into the Match, but a little later Kohlschreiber was allowed to cheer, and even in one of the most important tournaments after the Grand Slams.
"I'm happy to win on such a stage against such a player who has played in the last 18 months of his best Tennis," said Kohlschreiber, with a view to the recent title of the resurgent Djokovic. The 31-Year-old is after his lengthy elbow injury, thanks to the triumphs at Wimbledon, the US Open and the Australian Open, is now the dominant player, in Indian Wells, however, for the first time since the age of 15. Grand-Slam-title the end of January in Melbourne again started.
Already in the round before, he had surprised
The only 1.78 meters big Kohlschreiber not only a big day, he made, once again, with a clever game disadvantages in the Power of betting caught. "I've had a pretty good strategy on the court. I played clever, not the fastest Tennis played, the Tempo out,“ he explained.
Already in the round before, he had surprised. Kohlschreiber defeated Australian Nick Kyrgios 6:4, 6:4. Kyrgios had won a few days earlier, the ATP tournament in Acapulco (Mexico), and was assumed, therefore, as one of the favorites in Indian Wells. Kohlschreiber played solid Tennis, and made only a few errors, and remained in crucial Situation in a quiet and serene, and while the eccentric Kyrgios seemed increasingly listless.
Also the currently most successful German tennis player Angelique Kerber was a remarkable success. When 6:1, 4:6, 6:4 against the emerging white Russian Aryna Sabalanka – after all, the number nine in the world – made the Wimbledon champion, in the deciding set, after a 1:4-behind the turn. "This Match gives me a lot of confidence, because I've seen that I can turn the Matches," said Kerber and is now looking forward to the quarter-finals against Venus Williams. The 38-year-old American knocked out Mona Barthel 6:4, 6:4.More about
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defending champion Naomi Osaka of Japan failed in the second round with 3:6, 1:6, on the Swiss Belinda Bencic, but it remains the number one in the world rankings. Also chaser, Simona Halep from Romania, which previously stood at the top, from arbitration. (dpa)