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German Tennis Championships 2016: Wednesday Scores, Results and Updated Schedule

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJuly 13, 2016

Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany returns the ball to Rafael Nadal of Spainduring their match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Wednesday, May 11, 2016. (Ettore Ferrari/ANSA via AP Photo) ITALY OUT
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Philipp Kohlschreiber overcame a slight scare to keep his 2016 German Tennis Championships hopes alive on Wednesday, as the top seed needed three sets to get past Nicolas Kicker, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Kicker took the first set of their second-round match before Kohlschreiber shifted gears, dominating the Argentinian the rest of the way. 

Pablo Cuevas lost just five games on his way to the quarter-finals, beating qualifier Thiago Monteiro, 6-2, 6-3, while Renzo Olivo beat Argentinian compatriot Maximo Gonzalez, 6-3, 6-4.

Here's a look at Wednesday's results:

German Tennis Championships Results
MatchResult
Pablo Cuevas (3) bt. Thiago Monteiro (q)6-2, 6-3
Renzo Olivo bt. Maximo Gonzalez6-3, 6-4
Philipp Kohlschreiber (1) bt. Nicolas Kicker4-6, 6-1, 6-2
Paul-Henri Mathieu bt. Nicolas Almagro (6)4-6, 7-6 (4), 7-5
Tennis.com; "q" denotes qualifier

To access the full schedule, visit the ATP's official website.

   

Recap

Home favourite Kohlschreiber took some time to get warmed up against Kicker, who impressed with some lovely defensive tennis and his second serve in the first set of their encounter. While the top seed didn't play poorly, he made some bad mistakes at crucial times, most notably in the eighth game.

Kohlschreiber failed to convert on four break points, while Kicker made the most of his two chances to take the first set.

But the 32-year-old showed his class in the second set, taking more risks with his serve and establishing his dominance in the rallies. He attacked Kicker's second serve and put up some impressive numbers, per TennisTV:

Tennis TV @TennisTV

Better tennis from #Kohlschreiber in 2nd set v #Kicker & we head to a decider in #Hamburg https://t.co/kRsZ9udpkC https://t.co/C1fGaumPy2

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The BMW Open winner pressed his advantage further in the third set, firing home a handful of beautiful winners from the baseline to book his spot in the next round, where he'll face Olivo.

Olivo, a clay specialist, took care of the in-form Gonzalez, beating the 32-year-old with movement and precision. Both impressed during the clay season and likely highlighted the Hamburg tournament on their calendar, but it was the younger Olivo, 24, who came out with more energy and determination and was never troubled by his compatriot.

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The same goes for Cuevas, who has been on a roll in Hamburg and didn't have any trouble whatsoever with Monteiro. Tennis writer Jake Davies was impressed:

Jake Davies @jakedavi5

Won't see a better performance than that all week. #Cuevas #Clayvas #Baevas #Slayvas

The No. 3 seed Cuevas won no less than 85 percent of his serve points to beat Monteiro for the third time this season, and per the ATP's official website, that's a great omen―he went on to win the tournament on the two previous occasions.

In the final match of the day, Paul-Henri Mathieu came from behind to beat Nicolas Almagro, the sixth seed, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 7-5.

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