MUNICH, May 3, 2018
Local favourite Maximilian Marterer recorded the biggest match win of his career, knocking out No. 3 seed and World No. 16 Diego Schwartzman 6-4, 6-2 in Thursday’s second round at the BMW Open by FWU. The 22-year-old German saved all of the 10 break points he faced and converted three of his own chances to secure victory in one hour and 29 minutes.
“This has been my best result of the season so far,” said Marterer, who advances to his second quarterfinal at ATP World Tour-level since reaching the stage of the final eight in Sofia earlier this season. “I am very pleased with my performance. It was a tough match. I needed to fight a lot in order to hold my serve, but I played some solid tennis today and I capitalized on my chances.”
Next up for Marterer will be Marton Fucsovics, who edged past Italy’s Marco Cecchinato 7-5, 6-1. The German beat the 26-year-old from Hungary at the Miami Open earlier this year.
“I will try to continue my run here but it will be a completely different match. I guess that the altitude in Munich can help to level my game, as I am able to serve well and I maybe gain more free points than at other clay-court events.”
Kohlschreiber wins all-German-affair
Marterer will be one of four Germans in the stage of the final eight. Later in the day, three-time BMW Open champion Philipp Kohlschreiber eased past Mischa Zverev 6-2, 6-2.
The sixth seed, who is making his 14th appearance in Bavaria’s picturesque capital city, sent down five aces and broke serve four times to advance in 68 minutes.
“It was a great day. I was very aggressive from the start and got an early break. I continued to be aggressive and played my game, and I don’t think Mischa was able to really play his game,” Kohlschreiber told.
“I am used to the conditions here, as I grew up in this area,” the Augsburg native explained. “I have a good feeling for the length of the shots. I wanted to dictate the rallies, being the player, who decides what happens on court today.”
Kohlschreiber will next take on No. 2 seed Roberto Bautista-Agut of Spain, who defeated #NextGenATP Norwegian Casper Ruud 6-4, 6-3 in the final of the day. The encounter lasted one hour and 16 minutes.
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