Latest 11 Jan 2013

Former winners to meet in Heineken Open final

Former winners to meet in Heineken Open final

The German was in dominant form against Sam Querrey today to claim his second finals berth, while defending champion Ferrer didn’t even need to get into second gear to beat an injured Gael Monfils.

Kohlschreiber stepped up in the first semifinal of the day to produce a brilliant performance and a comfortable straight sets victory over Querrey 6-4 7-6.

Querrey is renowned for his big serve and strong forehand but neither of those were to the fore today as Kohlschreiber made the match his own.

This is the German’s ninth appearance at the Heineken Open. He is a four-time quarterfinalist, two-time semifinalist and the champion five years ago.

The 29-year-old had a great year in 2012 making his first Grand Slam quarterfinal at Wimbledon and reaching his highest singles ranking of 16.

In the other semifinal, wildcard Monfils suffered a leg injury early in the match and never really recovered to challenge the impenetrable Ferrer who ran away with it 6-1 6-2.

Ferrer will now chase his third consecutive title and his fourth Heineken Open crown – a record that will match the great Roy Emerson in the 1960s.

Earlier in the day, the top doubles seeds Colin Fleming (Great Britain) and Bruno Soares (Brazil) secured their spot in tomorrow’s final with a 7-6 7-6 victory over Julian Knowle (Austria) and Filip Polasek (Slovakia).