Kohlschreiber’s semifinal curse continues
Philipp Kohlschreiber cannot make up ground after his coup against Marin Cilic in Indian Wells. The 34-year-old has to admit defeat to a former US Open winner.
Philipp Kohlschreiber retired in the quarter-finals of the ATP tournament in Indian Wells, California. The 34 year old Augsburger lost to the former US Open winner Juan Martin del Potro from Argentina after 2:07 hours 6:3, 3:6, 4:6 and thus missed the leap into a semi-final at one of the nine Masters tournaments in the fifth attempt.
Del Potro will face the Canadian Milos Raonic, who beat Sam Querrey (USA) 7-5, 2-6, 6-3, in the top four of the $7.972 million hard court tournament. Roger Federer from Switzerland and Borna Coric from Croatia will also play for the final.
Kohlschreiber had beaten Australian Open finalist Marin Cilic (Croatia) during the tournament and also had a chance to win against del Potro. However, the Olympic finalist from Rio increased in sets two and three and finally made it into the semi-finals. Despite his defeat on Monday, Kohlschreiber climbs back into the top 30.
The German number two had reached a quarter-finals at a Masters for the first time in eight years. So far, however, Kohlschreiber has always been in the final eight. The World Ranking-37. was the only German in the men’s field since the third round.