14 Jan 2009

Defending champion through to Heineken Open final

11:39 pm on 14 January 2009

The defending champion Philipp Kohlschreiber has reached the quarter-finals at the Heineken Tennis open after a thrilling three set late night battle with the former world number one Juan Carlos Ferrero.

Kohlschreiber won the first set 6-4 but the popular Spaniard took the second 6-4 and looked to be on the verge of knocking out the fifth seed when he led 4-1.

But the German clawed his way back to 6-all and won the first three points in the tie-break only to see Ferrer come back to lead 5-4 before netting a return.

Kohlschreiber then smashed two aces to finish a match after which last year's finalists got the standing ovation.

The top four seeds all progressed in three sets andKohlschreiber's next opponent is another Spaniard, the second seed and former champion David Ferrer.

They meet in the third match of the quarter-finals, which start at 11 with the Spanish fourth seed Nicholas Amalgro playing the American sixth seed Sam Querrey (query .

Then the top seed Juan Del Potro of Argentina plays the Serb Viktor Troicki .( Troyt-ski)

The third seed Robin Soderling of Sweden plays the American qualifier John Isner (IS-ner). in the night match.