The German Philipp Kohlschreiber eliminated Friday the Spanish Rafael Nadal on grass tournament in Halle (Germany), a 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and twenty minutes. So far Nadal and Kohlschreiber had faced, whether in earth or concrete, nine times, which was always defeated the Spanish. Now in the first match on grass won the German, who defends title in Halle.

With a game based on a consistent serve and avoiding the most of the rallies from the back of the court, Kohlschreiber ended his “nemesis” in the circuit and presents its options to final victory.

Philipp Kohlschreiber

From the kick-off the German player was clearly dominant, to be with a 3-0 after breaking in the second game of the Spanish service. This brilliant start Kohlschreiber had few clear numbers: the first twenty points played, the German won Nadal fifteen to five.

Although the Balearic tennis was improving in his game over the course of the meeting, at no time was to remove options for recovering the lost, while Kohlschreiber had a total of five balls to break Nadal’s serve but hit only one.

After thirty-six minutes of play, the German took the set 6-3 with a sense of power to end their losing streak in the clashes between them.

In fact the second set began with a Kohlschreiber who continued his high level of play, trying to Nadal had no rhythm, avoiding long rallies and raising the minimum option to the network.

However, Rafa Nadal took another step in his game and now he did not look below the German while he was still missing resolution in court.

Thus, the Spanish, was given a 0-40 to 2-1 in his favor, he could not close, while Germany if they took advantage of his opportunity and 3-3 and again broke Nadal’s serve.

A Kohlschreiber could not and kept the pressure on his serve as effective enough to take performance to ‘break’ obtained and sign a 6-4 final.

The defeat of Nadal falls within the logic of recent years in the Balearic tennis career because in the past five seasons he played in a tournament on grass as a prelude to Wimbledon in 2009 did not play due to injury, was always eliminated in the quarterfinals end, as this Friday, except in 2008, which was imposed in Queens.

In Spanish it still has to play this afternoon his doubles match with compatriot Marcel Granollers, before the German Florian Mayer and Michael Kohlmann.

Federer, already in semifinals

Switzerland’s Roger Federer, second seed, overcame the resistance of the Canadian Milos Raonic (6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-6 (3) and reached the semifinals of the tournament in Halle.

Federer, winner Halle five times, most recently in 2008 and finalist in 2010, took two hours to subdue Raonic, defeated despite the twenty-five aces who signed during the crash.

The Swiss had patience with the onslaught of his opponent services. There never gave his serve Federer, who broke from Raonic once, in the second, set to level the match with advantage to the Canadian, who won the first September.

The third set reached the tiebreaker, where Federer was better and sealed the win. Federer will play against Russian Mikhail Youzhny, who beat Czech Radek Stepanek 6-4, 4-6 and 6-4.