Philipp Kohlschreiber

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Philipp Kohlschreiber
Philipp Kohlschreiber - Indian Wells 2013 - 001.jpg
Kohlschreiber at the 2013 BNP Paribas Open
Country (sports)  Germany
Residence Kitzbuhel, Austria
Born (1983-10-16) 16 October 1983 (age 32)
Augsburg, West Germany
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro 2001
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money US$ 8,590,291
Career record 360–284
Career titles 6
Highest ranking No. 16 (30 July 2012)
Current ranking No. 34 (1 February 2016)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 4R (2005, 2008, 2012)
French Open 4R (2009, 2013)
Wimbledon QF (2012)
US Open 4R (2012, 2013, 2014)
Career record 88–97
Career titles 7
Highest ranking No. 51 (10 November 2008)
Current ranking No. 559 (1 February 2016)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2005, 2006, 2007, 2012)
French Open 1R (2007)
Wimbledon 1R (2006)
US Open 1R (2005, 2006, 2007, 2011)
Last updated on: 1 February 2016.

Philipp Eberhard Hermann Kohlschreiber (born 16 October 1983) is a tennis player from Germany, who turned professional in 2001. The right-hander has won seven doubles and six singles titles. Kohlschreiber reached his highest ATP singles ranking of World No. 16 in July 2012. He is the current German No. 1.

Kohlschreiber reached the quarterfinals of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships, after 32 Grand Slam tournaments (31 of them consecutively) from his debut at the 2003 US Open. He had previously fallen short in the fourth round four times.[2] As of January 2016, he is the most recent player to defeat Novak Djokovic before the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament, at the 2009 French Open.[3] He has one of the strongest and most accurate one handed backhands on the tour today.



In 2007, Kohlschreiber achieved his greatest result at an ATP Masters Series event during the Monte Carlo Masters, when he reached the quarter-finals after going through qualifying, defeating World No. 12 David Nalbandian in the second round. He won his first career title in Munich defeating Mikhail Youzhny, thereby becoming the first German player to win the event since Michael Stich in 1994.


Kohlschreiber started 2008 by reaching the quarter-finals of the tournament in Doha, Qatar and winning his second career title in Auckland, New Zealand, where he defeated Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final.

After Kohlschreiber's win in Auckland, he defeated World No. 6 Andy Roddick in the third round of the Australian Open 6–4, 3–6, 7–6, 6–7, 8–6. Kohlschreiber hit a personal record 32 aces and 104 winners. He eventually lost in the fourth round to Jarkko Nieminen 6–3, 6–7, 6–7, 3–6. Kohlschreiber failed to convert 11 set points in the second (7) and third (4) sets.

Kohlschreiber reached the final of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany eventually falling to the four-time champion Roger Federer 3–6, 4–6. At the 2008 US Open, he was defeated by Serb Viktor Troicki 6–2, 3–6, 4–6, 0–3 retired.


Kohlschreiber at the 2009 Madrid Masters

Kohlschreiber started 2009 reaching quarter-finals in Doha and Auckland. The German reached second round at Australian Open where he defeated Sam Querrey, before losing to Fabrice Santoro in five sets. In the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, Kohlschreiber defeated Nicolás Lapentti 6–2 3–6 6–3 before being defeated by Fernando Verdasco in the fourth round. Also in 2009, during the French Open, Kohlschreiber defeated World No. 4 Novak Djokovic in a 6–4, 6–4, 6–4 upset.[3]

In the third round of Wimbledon in 2009, he was defeated by Roger Federer 3–6, 2–6, 7–6, 1–6. He was the only person other than finalist Andy Roddick to take a set off of Federer, the eventual champion.


Kohlschreiber started the season in Auckland well with 3 straight sets wins, including wins over Thomaz Bellucci and Frenchman Marc Gicquel before running into eventual finalist Arnaud Clément, losing in straight sets in the semi finals. Kohlschreiber progressed to the 3rd round of the Australian Open with wins over Horacio Zeballos and Wayne Odesnik. He gave 2nd seed Rafael Nadal a test in the 3rd round, before losing 6–4, 6–2, 2–6, 7–5.

He returned to action in San Jose seeing off local boy Rajeev Ram in 3 sets and crushing Dudi Sela for the loss of 2 games. He then ran into the form man of the tournament Denis Istomin and lost in three topsy sets, sparking a 3 match losing streak. As he crashed out of Memphis to Evgeny Korolev in 2 tight sets. Followed by an easy 3 set lost to Gaël Monfils, of France in the Davis Cup.

Kohlschreiber got back to winning ways at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells as he had a bye then beat fellow German Philipp Petzschner in straight sets. He then lost a final set tie breaker in R3 to world #2 Serbia's Novak Djokovic. At the Sony Ericsson Open Kohlschreiber received another bye and took on fellow German Florian Mayer and it was about to go into a first set tie breaker before Florian retired with injury. Again he went out in the 3rd round this time to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets.

To start his clay season Kohlschreiber went to the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters where he caused a couple of upsets. In the first round he edged out Bellucci in a final set tie break before he thumped the World #4 Andy Murray for the loss of just 3 games.[4] He then took on Petzschner again and again won in straight sets, to reach the quarter finals. Where he played Spaniard David Ferrer and was edged out in 2 tight sets.

At Wimbledon, Kohlschreiber defeated Potito Starace of Italy and Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia, before losing to Andy Roddick in the 3rd round. At Hamburg, he lost to Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil in third round. In September he hired Murray's former coach Miles Maclagan.[5]


Kohlschreiber began his year at the 2011 Qatar ExxonMobil Open where he was the 8th seed. He won his first match against Andreas Seppi 6–2, 6–4 but then lost to Ivo Karlović in a tight match 7–6, 6–7, 7–6. He then went to the 2011 Heineken Open in Auckland. He won his first round match against Carlos Berlocq 2–6, 6–3, 6–1 and his second round 6–4, 3–6, 6–2 against Marcel Granollers before falling to the top seed David Ferrer 3–6, 7–6, 3–6 in the quarterfinals. In February, Kohlschreiber attended the 2011 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. In the first round, he faced Yen-Hsun Lu, of the Chinese Taipei. He defeated Lu 6–4, 7–6. In the second round, he put up a brave showing against the number 1 seed, world number 4 Robin Söderling. He lost 6–3, 5–7, 7–6. In the first round of the Davis Cup tie against Croatia Kohlschreiber saved 1 Match Point in the second rubber against Ivan Dodig to win in five sets and to draw the score after day one. In the fourth rubber Marin Čilić was too strong for Kohlschreiber – he was defeated in straight sets to give the tie a 2–2. In the deciding fifth rubber Philipp Petzschner managed to lead Germany to a 3–2 win. After a first round bye in Indian Wells, Kohlschreiber defeated Tim Smyczek in Round two saving 3 MP before beating World No. 4 Robin Söderling 7–6, 6–4 saving five set points in the opening set Tiebreak. In Round 4 he lost to Juan Martín del Potro 6–7, 6–7. Kohlschreiber was defeated by Roger Federer in the second round of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters after beating Andrey Golubev in Round 1. Kohlschreiber captured his third career title at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle defeating compatriot Philipp Petzschner in the final. On the way to the title he overcame Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Lleyton Hewitt and Gaël Monfils.


At the 2012 Australian Open he lost in the fourth round to Juan Martin Del Potro. Kohlschreiber reached the semifinals of Gerry Weber Open 2012 defeating Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals, 6–3, 6–4.[6] He lost in the semi-finals to Tommy Haas, 7–6 (7–5) 7–5.

Less than two weeks following his defeat of Nadal, Kohlschreiber beat Lukáš Rosol in straight sets 6–2, 6–3, 7–6 (8/6) in the 3rd round of the 2012 Wimbledon championships. Interestingly, Rosol had defeated Nadal in the previous round of Wimbledon in one of the greatest upsets in Grand Slam history. Kohlschreiber advanced to the quarterfinals of a Major for the first time,[2] but was thwarted by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-7, 6-4, 6-7, 2-6. At the US Open he lost in the fourth round to Janko Tipsarevic.


At the 2013 Australian Open he lost in the third round to Milos Raonic. He made it to the fourth round of the French Open before losing to world number one Novak Djokovic. At Wimbledon he had to retire in his first round match against Ivan Dodig. At the US Open he lost in the fourth round to eventual champion Rafael Nadal.


At the 2014 Rotterdam Open, Kohlschreiber defeated Richard Gasquet to reach quarter-finals, where he lost to Igor Sijsling. At Dubai he won over Andreas Seppi in second round and was defeated by Tomas Berdych in semi-finals.

Kohlschreiber won the Düsseldorf Open, then the following week reached the third round of the French Open where he took reigning Wimbledon champion Andy Murray to five sets.

At Hamburg he reached semi-finals after winning over Gilles Simon and Lukas Rosol. At the US Open he defeated John Isner in third round and lost to Novak Djokovic y round of 16.

Playing Style[edit]

Kohlschreiber is an all-court player with an emphasis on baseline play. He has strong groundstrokes on both wings which are equally as solid. His forehand is his primary weapon, and he is known to hit inside-out forehands to draw opponents out, while his single-handed backhand is considered one of the best on the tour currently. It is known for its consistency, power, and his ability to hit it in a variety of ways, namely flat, with top-spin and slice. Generally playing from the baseline, Kohlschreiber constructs points and uses a sudden injection of pace or a drop-shot to draw opponents out of their comfort zone and dominate the point from there.

Complementing his strong baseline play, as an all-court player, Kohlschreiber is also a proficient volleyer and uses variety to construct points. He is known to employ drop-shots mid-rally to catch opponents off-guard, especially on the backhand side. He occasionally uses a chip-and-charge tactic as well, especially on grass. It is due to the variety of shots he has that has led him to be successful on all surfaces, as can be seen by the fact that he has reached at least the fourth round of all Grand Slams and won titles on all surfaces (although he has won the most titles on clay).

ATP career finals[edit]

Singles: 13 (6 titles, 7 runners-up)[edit]

Grand Slam (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 series (6–7)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1–2)
Clay (4–4)
Grass (1–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 30 April 2007 BMW Open, Munich, Germany Clay Russia Mikhail Youzhny 2–6, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 2. 12 January 2008 Heineken Open, Auckland, New Zealand Hard Spain Juan Carlos Ferrero 7–6(7–4), 7–5
Runner-up 1. 15 June 2008 Gerry Weber Open, Halle, Germany Grass Switzerland Roger Federer 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 27 September 2009 Open de Moselle, Metz, France Hard (i) France Gaël Monfils 6–7(1–7), 6–3, 2–6
Winner 3. 12 June 2011 Gerry Weber Open, Halle, Germany Grass Germany Philipp Petzschner 7–6(7–5), 2–0, ret.
Winner 4. 6 May 2012 BMW Open, Munich, Germany (2) Clay Croatia Marin Čilić 7–6(10–8), 6–3
Runner-up 3. 28 July 2012 Austrian Open Kitzbühel, Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Netherlands Robin Haase 7–6(7–2), 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 4. 13 January 2013 Heineken Open, Auckland, New Zealand (2) Hard Spain David Ferrer 6–7(5–7), 1–6
Runner-up 5. 5 May 2013 BMW Open, Munich, Germany Clay Germany Tommy Haas 3–6, 6–7(3–7)
Runner-up 6. 14 July 2013 MercedesCup, Stuttgart, Germany Clay Italy Fabio Fognini 7–5, 4–6, 4–6
Winner 5. 24 May 2014 Düsseldorf Open, Düsseldorf, Germany Clay Croatia Ivo Karlović 6–2, 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up 7. 3 May 2015 BMW Open, Munich, Germany Clay United Kingdom Andy Murray 6–7(4–7), 7–5, 6–7(4–7)
Winner 6. 8 August 2015 Austrian Open Kitzbühel, Kitzbühel, Austria Clay France Paul-Henri Mathieu 2–6, 6–2, 6–2

Doubles: 9 (7 titles, 2 runners-up)[edit]

Grand Slam (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 series (2–1)
ATP World Tour 250 series (5–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (2–2)
Clay (3–0)
Grass (1–0)
Carpet (1–0)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 26 September 2005 Vietnam Open, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Carpet Germany Lars Burgsmüller Australia Ashley Fisher
Sweden Robert Lindstedt
5–6(3), 6–4, 6–2
Winner 2. 24 July 2006 Austrian Open, Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Austria Stefan Koubek Austria Oliver Marach
Czech Republic Cyril Suk
6–2, 6–3
Winner 3. 30 April 2007 BMW Open, Munich, Germany Clay Russia Mikhail Youzhny Czech Republic Jan Hájek
Czech Republic Jaroslav Levinský
6–1, 6–4
Winner 4. 4 January 2008 Qatar ExxonMobil Open, Doha, Qatar Hard Czech Republic David Škoch South Africa Jeff Coetzee
South Africa Wesley Moodie
6–4, 4–6, [11–9]
Runner-up 1. 24 February 2008 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard (i) Russia Mikhail Youzhny Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych
Russia Dmitry Tursunov
5–7, 6–3, [7–10]
Winner 5. 13 July 2008 Mercedes Cup, Stuttgart, Germany Clay Germany Christopher Kas Germany Michael Berrer
Germany Mischa Zverev
6–3, 6–4
Winner 6. 14 June 2009 Gerry Weber Open, Halle, Germany Grass Germany Christopher Kas Germany Andreas Beck
Switzerland Marco Chiudinelli
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 2. 6 January 2012 Qatar ExxonMobil Open, Doha, Qatar Hard Germany Christopher Kas Slovakia Filip Polášek
Czech Republic Lukáš Rosol
3–6, 4–6
Winner 7. 4 January 2013 Qatar Open, Doha, Qatar Hard Germany Christopher Kas Austria Julian Knowle
Slovakia Filip Polášek
7–5, 6–4

Singles performance timeline[edit]


Won tournament; reached the Finals; Semifinals; Quarterfinals; Rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; reached a Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup or Fed Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a Bronze, Silver (F or S) or Gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.

To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.

Current till 2016 Australian Open.

Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A LQ A 4R 2R 2R 4R 2R 3R 2R 4R 3R A 2R 1R 18–11
French Open A A Q2 1R 2R 2R 1R 4R 3R 1R 2R 4R 3R 2R 15–11
Wimbledon LQ A LQ 1R 3R 1R 1R 3R 3R 1R QF 1R 2R 1R 11–11
US Open A 1R 2R 1R 1R 3R 2R 3R 2R 1R 4R 4R 4R 3R 18–13
Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 1–1 3–4 4–4 4–4 4–4 8–4 7–4 1–4 11–4 8–4 6–3 4–4 0–1 60–46
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells Masters A A A A 3R 2R 3R 4R 3R 4R 2R 2R 2R 3R 12–9
Miami Masters A A A 1R A A 2R 1R 3R 2R 3R 2R 2R A 2–8
Monte Carlo Masters A A A A A QF 3R 2R QF 2R 2R 3R 2R 2R 15–9
Hamburg/Madrid Masters1 1R A A 1R 1R 2R 1R 3R 1R A 1R A 1R 2R 4–9
Rome Masters A A A A A A A 2R 2R 2R 1R 3R 3R 2R 8–6
Canada Masters A A A A A 1R 1R 2R QF 1R 3R 1R 1R A 5–8
Cincinnati Masters A A A A A 2R QF 1R 3R 3R 1R 2R 2R 1R 10–8
Shanghai Masters2 A A A A A A 2R 1R 1R A 2R 2R A A 3–5
Paris Masters A A A A A A 3R 1R 1R 2R 1R 3R 2R A 6–7
Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–2 2–2 6–5 9–8 8–8 11–8 7–7 5–8 8–7 5–8 4–5 65–69
Career statistics
Titles–Finals 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–2 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–2 0–3 1–1 1–2 6–13
Overall Win (%) 0% 25% 38% 32% 55% 55% 60% 62% 61% 53% 64% 56% 60% 58% 55.99%
Year End Ranking 247 208 88 86 62 32 28 27 34 43 20 22 24 34

1Held as Hamburg Masters until 2008, Madrid Masters (clay) 2009–present.
2Held as Madrid Masters (hardcourt) from 2002–08, and Shanghai Masters 2009–present.

Wins over top 10 players[edit]

Season 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Total
Wins 0 0 1 1 2 2 4 3 2 2 3 0 1 21
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score
1. Germany Rainer Schüttler 6 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard 1R 3–6, 6–4, 6–4
2. Sweden Joachim Johansson 10 Halle, Germany Grass 1R 7–6(7–4), 6–1
3. Australia Lleyton Hewitt 4 Adelaide, Australia Hard 2R 6–3, 0–6, 7–5
4. Russia Nikolay Davydenko 6 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass 1R 6–2, 6–4
5. United States James Blake 8 Halle, Germany Grass QF 6–4, 6–3
6. Russia Nikolay Davydenko 4 Davis Cup, Moscow, Russia Clay (i) RR 6–7(5–7), 6–2, 6–2, 4–6, 7–5
7. United States Andy Roddick 6 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard 3R 6–4, 3–6, 7–6(11–9), 6–7(3–7), 8–6
8. Spain David Ferrer 5 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf, Germany Clay RR 6–1, 6–0
9. United States James Blake 7 Halle, Germany Grass SF 6–3, 7–5
10. Spain David Ferrer 7 Paris, France Hard (i) 2R 6–3, 6–2
11. France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 9 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf, Germany Clay RR 6–7(2–7), 6–3, 6–3
12. Serbia Novak Djokovic 4 French Open, Paris, France Clay 3R 6–4, 6–4, 6–4
13. Spain Fernando Verdasco 9 Davis Cup, Marbella, Spain Clay RR 6–4, 6–2, 1–6, 2–6, 8–6
14. United Kingdom Andy Murray 4 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay 2R 6–2, 6–1
15. Spain Fernando Verdasco 9 Beijing, China Hard 1R 6–2, 7–5
16. Sweden Robin Söderling 4 Indian Wells, United States Hard 3R 7–6(10–8), 6–4
17. France Gael Monfils 8 Halle, Germany Grass SF 6–3, 6–3
18. Spain Nicolas Almagro 10 Auckland, New Zealand Hard QF 7–6(7–5), 6–4
19. Spain Rafael Nadal 2 Halle, Germany Grass QF 6–3, 6–4
20. United States John Isner 10 US Open, New York, United States Hard 3R 6–4, 3–6, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4
21. France Richard Gasquet 9 Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard (i) 2R 7–5, 7–5

German tournaments[edit]

Current through 2015 MercedesCup.

Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 SR W–L Win %
German Tournaments
Düsseldorf Not Yet Created 2R W NH 1 / 2 4–1 80%
Munich 1R 2R QF W 2R QF QF W F 1R F 2 / 11 24–9 73%
Halle QF 1R SF F SF QF W SF QF SF 1R 1 / 11 27–10 73%
Stuttgart 1R 2R 1R 2R QF 2R 1R F 2R QF 0 / 10 10–9 53%
Hamburg 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 3R 3R 3R QF SF 0 / 9 10–10 44%


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