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BMW Open 2013: Predicting Winners for Men's Semifinal Clashes

KEY BISCAYNE, FL - MARCH 29:  David Ferrer of Spain plays a forehand against Tommy Haas of Germany during their semi final match at the Sony Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 29, 2013 in Key Biscayne, Florida.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Ryan DavenportContributor IMay 3, 2013

Friday's quarterfinal matches in the singles draw at the 2013 BMW Open featured some shocking upsets as three of the tournament's top-six seeds bowed out.

That included the top-seeded player in the draw as World No. 10 Janko Tipsarevic was ousted by unheralded German Daniel Brands, No. 69 in the world, to a tune of 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.

With the talented Serb out of the picture, four players remain heading into Saturday's semifinal clashes, and after posting convincing victories in the previous rounds, all have reasonably strong chances at reaching the final.

Here's a look at who will advance to the final round of the 2013 BMW Open.

 

Quarterfinal No. 1: Daniel Brands vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber

In a match between two of Germany's best, Kohlschreiber has to be considered the favorite, but one can't discount Brands' accomplishment in beating Tipsarevic in a hard-fought three-set affair in the quarters.

However, Kohlschreiber, who has four ATP titles under his belt, is simply a more talented player and has been playing great tennis for the last year, reaching his first Grand Slam quarterfinal at Wimbledon last summer.

Kohlschreiber, No. 21 in the world, also managed to finish his quarterfinal match off in two sets, so he'll be rested and ready to go.

It's probably also worth mentioning that he's the reigning champion at this very tournament in Munich.

The pair have met once before during the round of 32 at Munich in 2010, and Kohlschreiber defeated his fellow countryman 6-4, 6-4.

Kohlschreiber was poised against Viktor Troicki in the quarters, saving 10 break points to preserve the victory, and given how well he's played over the last month, it's tough to pick against him.

Winner: Kohlschreiber

 

Quarterfinal No. 2: Tommy Haas vs. Ivan Dodig

This contest pits a seasoned veteran in Tommy Haas against a Cinderella contender in Ivan Dodig, who has a career-high ranking of No. 32. 

Thus far, the 28-year-old Dodig has been very impressive, knocking off a number of notable players, including tournament No. 2 seed and last year's runner up in Marin Cilic as well as fifth-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov in the semifinals.

But Haas, despite being in the twilight of his career, has enjoyed a surprisingly successful year. It's been eleven years since the Hamburg native was the World No. 2, but Haas has already reached one ATP final and another two semifinals in 2013, posting wins over Novak Djokovic, John Isner and Nicolas Almagro along the way.

That, and the fact that Haas defeated Dodig in the quarterfinals at Delray Beach, Fla. in late February makes the 35-year-old the favorite heading into Saturday.

Prediction: Haas

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