26th GERRY WEBER OPEN 2017 June 16–24

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Interview with Philipp Kohlschreiber

I have a question about your doubles partner here, Dominic. Are you surprised how much he is playing? He’s been playing every week and then you also played doubles here. That is pretty unusual?
Philipp Kohlschreiber: Maybe it’s unusual but I think he’s on the right track. You know, all the success gives him that he is doing the right thing. I think especially on grass it’s never bad to play doubles. You can practice the return, the serve, some volleys which is very important on grass. Well, he’s young, fresh, very hungry and like I mentioned, he’s on the right track and all the success is the right answer.
And for you, are you planning on playing the Olympics this year. I know that last time you didn’t play. A lot of players around you said that they do not want to play?
Philipp Kohlschreiber: Well, I’m one of the players, who is going to play the Olympics. So, it’s everybody’s decision and my decision or my big goal is to play the Olympics this year.
Why did you make it so exciting in the end?
Philipp Kohlschreiber: Yes, it surely wasn’t planned that way. I fought my way back in the second set. It seems two match points weren’t enough and he also fended them off well. I missed an easy one and we all know how quick things can get close in sports. Luckily I got through today.
Now you will be facing a very different opponent. How can you prepare for such ‘gunfire’?
Philipp Kohlschreiber: I don’t know. Of course, it will be a different game. There won’t be a lot of rallies. He goes to the net almost after every shot. I have to be wide awake and have a bit of luck when anticipating where he’ll serve. It will be tough, I won’t get a lot of rhythm, rallies will be short and I will have to be 100% focussed in my own service games.
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