It’s not often a player loses a match and you call their performance brilliant but Philip Kohlschreiber may be disappointed with defeat but what a performance it was. The German has also made it tricky for Murray and after taking an actioned packed first set 7-4 on the tie-break you couldn’t have expected more drama but these two delivered.
The tennis from both was outstanding. Kohlschreiber was on the front foot a lot and used the whole of the court to his advantage.
We saw it all! The backhand (red) cross court and down the line and the forehand (yellow) down the line but the cross court one moved Murray time and time again with Philip hitting 27 forehand winners in the first 24 games. Murray had a break and lost it and we suddenly found ourselves in another tie-break.
I’ve seen sets of tennis that have gone on for about 15 minutes but this tie-break had it all and a little bit more! 38 points in the end with the world number one saving a massive 7 match points including this…
And he went onto take the tie-break 20-18 after an astonishing 31 minutes!
During the tie-break it felt like must-win at this moment for Kohlschreiber as going to third set after missing all those match points would play into the Brit’s hands.
A shaky start, a resilient middle and a brutal end from the world number one as he advanced to the next round with a 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (20-18) 6-1 win against the German who came as close as he ever has to beating Murray but not yet!