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In an all German clash at Halle, the host nation's spectators will be at a divide when World No. 34 Philipp Kohlschreiber gears up to take on veteran Tommy Haas in the semi-final of the Gerry Weber Open.
28 years of age – Kohlschreiber comes into the tournament as the defending champion and the man who defeated Rafael Nadal in straight sets in the previous match. Kohlschreiber has had quite the year so far, he started the year as the 43rd ranked player in the World and then went on to as high as 24 in May when he won the ATP 250 event in Munich. Later on in June he crumbled and lost in the second round at Roland Garros. Previously, at the Aussie Open the German had done well to reach the pre-quarter stages.
His opponent today is Veteran and German favorite Tommy Haas. Haas is ranked 87 in the World, but that is not how one should judge Haas. With bags of experience, Haas overcame World No.7 Tomas Berdych in the previous round making the Czech look pedestrian at times. The former World No.2 is the 2009 champion here, and will be looking to add to that tally. His win-loss record stands at 12-6 this season.
The two have surprisingly met just twice and ironically both their matches were played on the grass of Halle. In 2008, it was Kohlschreiber who came out on top, but in their most recent meeting in 2009, it was Haas who won in three fiercely fought sets.
TennisEarth picks a win for the inform Kohlschreiber.
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