Philipp Kohlschreiber jumped of joy after the last point against Karen Khachanov. The 34 year old German finished in the first round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament after more than two and a half hours with 3-6, 7-6 (1), 7-6 (5).
'’I was almost out of the tournament,’’ said Kohlschreiber, who plays in Rotterdam Ahoy for the tenth time. '’Khachanov served before the game and then it could have been over.’’ Kohlschreiber might play against Roger Federer if the Swiss defeats Belgian Ruben Bemelmans on Wednesday evening. '’I am going to watch that game quietly. Of course Roger is the big favorite, but maybe he is nervous now that the first place on the world ranking beckons. I have nothing to lose against Federer.’’
Gilles Muller is the first seeded player to leave the anniversary edition in Rotterdam. The 34 year old Luxembourger lost to Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev: 4-6, 6-7 (9). Viktor Troicki also made it to the second round after his victory over German Jan-Lennard Struff: 1-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2.