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Koepfer rings Kohlschreiber

Three times Philipp Kohlschreiber won the ATP tournament in Munich, three more times he was in the finals –now the record champion has already been eliminated in the first round.

The Routinier from Augsburg lost his starting match against compatriot Dominik Koepfer with 6:4, 4:6, 3:6. After two:24 minutes the Aus of the 37-year-old was sealed, He threw from watching Center Court.

Kohlschreiber missed a possible mother-maker in his tennis autumn: On the ATP tour he had not won a game for more than a year, but und er the Corona conditions only a few events such as the US Open and the French Open contested. During this season, two matches at a Challenger tournament in Serbia were the last of the only appearances of the coal writer who had since slipped on the world ranking 114. The organizers of the BMW Open had invited him with a wild card.

By defeating Koepfer, the world ranking-54 born in Furtwangen, Kohlschreiber missed a duel with Davis Cup professional Jan-Lennard Struff. He had previously defeated the Slovaks Andrej Martin 6:4, 6:3 and was actually already looking forward to meeting his long-time teammate.

For the struff set at number seven it was a favorite success. Not everything was perfect in the match,”he summed up after. But for the first round I thought it was okay.”Two years ago, the Warstein was eliminated at the BMW Open in the first game, now in 76 minutes he recorded one of his opinions”solid victory”. The 31-year-old had reached the semi-finals in Munich 2014, 2017 and 2018 respectively he was in the quarter finals.

The next day the top-ranked Alexander Zverev will also start the tournament. After a Free Round One, the world ranking in the eighth finals will have to deal with the Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis. After a lengthy elbow injury and intensive treatments it will be shown how fit the 24-year-old electoral Monegasse is.” It gets better every day,”he hopes.
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