Germans Kohlschreiber, Haas reach fourth round at French Open
PARIS ó Two German men have reached the fourth round at the French Open for the first time since 1996, and Philipp Kohlschreiber got there by pulling off the biggest upset of the tournament thus far.
The 29th-seeded Kohlschreiber managed to eliminate two-time French Open semifinalist Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 Saturday to join Tommy Haas in the round of 16. Haas beat Jeremy Chardy of France 7-5, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
"Maybe Tommy and me, we did a good a good job here, so maybe it's more expectation or more persons looking at tennis," Kohlschreiber said of the fans in Germany, who have been waiting for a men's Grand Slam singles champion since Boris Becker won the Australian Open in 1996.
The last two Germans to make it this far at Roland Garros were Bernd Karbacher and Michael Stich.
Against Djokovic on Saturday, Kohlschreiber could do little wrong.
"I think I played really one of the best matches I've ever played in a big tournament," said Kohlschreiber, who had never even made the third round at the French Open. "I didn't play my best the last few years here."
He impressed Djokovic this time, though.
"You have to give him credit for playing tactically really smart and really good," Djokovic said. "Unfortunately, I had no solutions."
Kohlschreiber won five games in a row to win the first set, and also won five straight to take a 5-1 lead in the second.
"I was a lot of times controlling or dictating many, many points," Kohlschreiber said. "Every choice I did today, also every big point, it was going on my side."