Us open without german: kohlschreiber loses eighth final

Us open without german: kohlschreiber loses eighth final

Philipp kohlschreiber no longer wanted to sign autographs after his fifth unsuccessful run to the quarterfinals in new york.

The perennial US open round of 16 finalist threw his sweaty towel into the crowd and left the hot louis armstrong stadium after a 3-6, 2-6, 5-7 loss to japan’s kei nishikori. Kohlschreiber was the last of 16 german tennis pros to pack his bags before the decisive phase.

With a little distance, the 34-year-old bavarian took a more relaxed view of the defeat. "It was a great tournament, what can i reproach myself for?" Asked kohlschreiber. "I was actually always running behind, he was better in many respects."Only at the end did kohlschreiber really make the 2014 finalist sweat, but that was too little to make it into the last eight in what was already the eleventh round of a grand slam tournament for the second time after wimbledon 2012. "Eleven times heibt, almost once every year – that’s a good result," declared the old master and joked: "today i say: i’m still young, can work and improve many things about myself."

After kohlschreiber had always failed against the top stars of the industry in new york, he had raised his hopes somewhat higher after his coup against alexander zverev. But even in the third match against nishikori, the first win was out of reach, only after a brief comeback after 3:5 in the third set did the japanese player seem to wobble. But after two hours of tennis, kohlschreiber had already lost a lot of energy and conceded a similar defeat to the one he suffered in rome a few months ago.

"He gave me a good dressing down," kohlschreiber had quipped before the game. This time, he promised immediately before the start: "I will give everything and make it a tough match."This hope was not fulfilled in the louis armstrong stadium, which quickly filled up at noon on a holiday, especially in the shaded squares. With sunshine and 30 degree heat and extreme gayness, fans watched a tensionless match for a long time.

After a break to 0:2, bayer, who lives in kitzbuhel, was behind from the start. Unlike zverev, whose powerful game had successfully disrupted kohlschreiber, the speedy nishikori also played from the baseline. The 28-year-old, coached by former french open winner michael chang, was the more consistent player in the match. Kohlschreiber had to take risks and made too many easy mistakes, nishikori made better use of his chances.

After 2:5 in the second set, the german number two put on a cap against the sun, and a little later he shook his head again and twisted the corners of his mouth, and with a too-long backhand, he also gave up this run. Kohlschreiber put down the mutt again and barely avoided another break in the third set to make it 1:2. The veteran was now better in the match and with the courage of despair made up for a 3:5 deficit. "That was the hardest moment of the match," said nishikori, who seemed to be struggling at that moment. After the break to 6:5, he kept his nerve on his own serve in the second attempt.

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