Humbert vs Kohlschreiber (By: Iniestaone)
Second round match in Auckland between Humbert (#98) and Kohlschreiber (#34)
I am hoping for the experience factor not to matter here as Kohlschreiber is 15 years older than Humbert. Kohlschreiber is doing his second match of the season, he lost to Berdych in Doha and won vs Klahn here in Auckland in the first round. Now that win was everything but impressive, he was a 1.40 favorite and still won by 6-4 7-6. He was serving at a poor 57% but what was quite a bit more unusual was that his return game was awful as well as he won 26% of the points on Klahn's first serve and 29% on his second. Usually Kohlschreiber is a lot better in that department especially when not facing one of the tour's best servers.
Humbert has been magnificent this year, he ended last season with a challenger tour win in Andria without losing a set, he went on to take two straight set wins in the Brisbane qualifiers and he is now on a three win streak in Auckland after qualifying through Skugor and Marcora and taking apart Cuevas in the first round. He is yet to lose a set in Auckland and he is well adapted to the surface by this point. Hardcourts and indoors are his main surfaces, he is playing extremely good tennis right now and I think he has every chance of beating an aging Kohlschreiber.
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