Kohlschreiber eases to win over Rochus
Philip Kohlschreiber carried the form he showed at the Australian Open into the Open Sud de France, as the German dropped just five games in beating Olivier Rochus.
The No. 7 seed Kohlschreiber made it through to the fourth round in Melbourne before finding Juan Martin Del Potro in sizzling form. Rochus, the world No. 51, is no Del Potro and he proved no match for Kohlschreiber who dominated the exchanges from the back of the court.
The tone was set early in the contest as Kohlschreiber broke on the two occasions he worked an opening to take the set in style. The second set was a more even contest but the Rochus serve again proved vulnerable as Kohlschreiber broke twice more in a 6-1 6-4 win.
Jarkko Nieminen, the No. 8 seed, was made to work extremely hard to see off Frenchman Maxime Teixeira 6-3 3-6 6-4.
French wildcard Paul-Henri Mathieu eased to a 6-4 6-4 win over Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, while Edouard Roger-Vasselin saw off Roberto Bautista-Agut and Nicolas Mahut beat Alberto Ramos 6-3 6-2.
At the Zagreb Indoors, the second and third seeds progressed as Alex Bogomolov Jr crushed Dino Marcan 6-3 6-1 and Mikhail Youzhny battled past Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-4 7-6(4).