Chiudi dropped serve in the sixth game when he faced double break point, the first of the match. although match isn’t aired on TV, looks like Marcos started enjoying his clay-court season in the build-up to Roland Garros.
Marcos won 6-3 6-4. Marcos rubbed Chiudi’s face in the dust with a dirty great first serve, but Chiudi refused to give in and broke back in the 15th game to put the second set back on serve. guess Marcos was on the anger and frustration then… all in all, a good win for Marcos.
Kohli is up next. the Bavarian boy’s love affair with the clay courts is well known. in-form Marcos will find him incredibly tough to shake off, so he has to play great tennis to do it…
surely, Marcos is not getting carried away with his chances of a first title on the red dirt.
Fourth seed and 2007 champion Philipp Kohlschreiber seized his opportunity when the rain subsided Thursday to crush Santiago Ventura 6-2, 6-1 and book a place in the quarter-finals of the BMW Open by FWU RETAKAFUL, an ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tennis tournament in Munich.
The No. 28-ranked Kohlschreiber needed just 68 minutes to dispatch his Spanish opponent, breaking serve four times from seven opportunities and surrendering just six points on serve. The German defeated Mikhail Youzhny in the 2007 final to claim his first ATP World Tour title.
Kohlschreiber is through to his second ATP World Tour quarter-final on clay this season, having defeated World No. 4 Andy Murray en route to the last eight at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters three weeks ago.
The Augsburg native next will face fifth-seeded Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, who defeated Swiss Marco Chiudinelli 6-3, 6-4 in 77 minutes. World No. 31 Baghdatis takes a 3-2 career lead over Kohlschreiber into the clash, but it is the German who has won both their meetings on clay, including three years ago in the Munich semi-finals.
“I think he will be the favourite for sure,” said Baghdatis. “He’s playing good on clay, he’s at home. So I’ll just go out there and try to give it a shot, try to win the match and find the solution.”
Reflecting on his victory over Chiudinelli, the Limassol native added: “It was tough conditions and we were waiting all day. But I think I did good. I was really focused and stayed focused throughout the match and finished it early. So I’m pretty happy about that. I’m in the quarter-finals, playing tomorrow, so I’m happy. It’s been a long time since I’ve played a quarter-final on clay.”
The 24-year-old Baghdatis recorded his 20th tour-level match win with victory Thursday, a stark contrast to last season when his 20th victory did not come until October. The right-hander won his fourth ATP World Tour title in Sydney (d. Gasquet) at the start of the season and also posted a semi-final effort in Dubai (l. to Djokovic).
ATP World Tour No. 11 Marin Cilic reached his fourth ATP World Tour semi-final of the season Friday as he defeated sixth-seeded Spaniard Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 6-7(2), 6-2 at the BMW Open by FWU RETAKAFUL, an ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tennis tournament in Munich.
The top seed saved all 10 break points he faced and capitalised on three of the five opportunities he created to seal victory in two hours and 21 minutes. It is the first time in three event appearances that Cilic has advanced past the quarter-final stage.
In a stellar start to the season, the Croatian successfully defended his ATP World Tour titles in Chennai (d. Wawrinka) and Zagreb (d. Berrer) and posted a semi-final showing at the Australian Open (l. to Murray). He has compiled a 24-6 match record.
Cilic takes a 1-0 career lead into his semi-final clash with fifth-seeded Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, who ousted 2007 champion Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-4 to reach the Munich semi-finals for a second time. Baghdatis reached the last four on his only previous appearance in Munich three years ago, when he was beaten by Kohlschreiber in straight sets.
The No. 31-ranked Baghdatis is bidding to reach his second ATP World Tour final of the season after capturing the Medibank International Sydney title (d. Gasquet) in January and will hope to avenge the defeat he suffered to Cilic in Miami two months ago.
“I’m really happy, I think I played pretty smart today,” said Baghdatis. “I served pretty well; I had a good percentage of first serves and a very good percentage of winning first serves and that’s very important. I feel I played a very solid match.”
whilst Marcos perhaps has better overall game, if Marin served at his best it’d be impossible for Marcos to break him, no matter how much variety he has. Marcos must outsmart, if not outpace, his opponent today. so, if anyone really thinks that today’s match is easier than yesterday’s they clearly have no clue what they are talking about.