Djokovic looked out of sorts and miles away from his very best and the German was ready to take full advantage of it. Both players were struggling a bit on serve for the entire 1st set; however, it was Djokovic to drop the decisive service game (3-4), and that was enough for Philipp to win the opener 6-4.
The Serbian was broken at love in the very first game of the second set to fall again in the 7th game (2-5). When the German failed to serve out the match in the 8th game, and Djokovic won at love the 9th game (4-5) it seemed as the world no.1 was about to stage a fierce comeback. Nevertheless, Kohlschreiber kept his cool, and he managed to serve out the match before winning the contest 6-4 6-4.
It’s a very special moment for me. KOHLSCHREIBER
After the match, Philipp commented
“It’s a very special moment. Of course, playing the top guys is always a big pleasure, but most of the time they beat you. Today, with Novak being No.1, top-seeded here, it’s a very incredible win for me.”
Next vs. Monfils. HEAD TO HEAD and STATS
Philipp will face Gael Monfils for a place in the quarters. The head to head is 13-2 for Monfils that also leads 3-0 on hard courts. The Frenchman is the hot favorite to reach the quarters.
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