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Federer Defeats Kohlschreiber in Rotterdam – Despite having never lost to Philip Kohlschreiber in their previous twelve matches on the ATP World Tour, the German has managed to repeatedly bring a challenge on court and nearly took the opening set Thursday evening at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament. Roger Federer needed to save two set points at 4-6 down in the first set tiebreaker, before he managed to edge out the German for a one set lead. Play remained on serve in the second set until the eleventh game, where a few errors from Kohlschreiber proved costly, including a double fault to give the game away.

The 20-time grand slam champion quickly served out the match at 6-5 in the second set, for a 7-6 (8) 7-5 victory in 1 hour 42 minutes. He will face Robin Haase in the quarterfinals. The 36-year-old Swiss is now one win away from reclaiming the world #1 ranking for a record 303rd week, and would be the oldest to do so on the ATP World Tour.

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Federer admitted to thinking about going three sets when he was facing two set points at 4-6 in the first set tiebreaker. “I was preparing for the second set, being down one set. I don’t care how positive a person you are. You just see negativity flying all around you, I am down 4/6, I messed up, I should have done this, I should have done that. I’m at the mercy of my opponent. It’s a bad feeling, but when you do come back and snatch the set, it’s such a key moment in the match and I was able to utilise that.”

Federer Defeats Kohlschreiber in Rotterdam

Source: ATP World Tour

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