Zverev Moves Into Munich Semi-Finals, Chung Next
Bautista Agut, Kohlschreiber in action on Friday
World No. 3 Zverev, a winner of six tour-level titles, may be more highly touted, but Chung leads 2-0 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series with victories at the 2017 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell and the 2018 Australian Open.
Top seed and defending champion Zverev wrapped up his 19th match win of the year by hitting a second-serve ace to complete a 6-3, 6-2 victory over fellow German Jan-Lennard Struff in 62 minutes.
It was a good match from start to finish," Zverev said. "I started off with an early break and that gave me a lot of confidence. I'm very happy with my serve and how I'm playing from the baseline.
"I lost to Chung in Australia in a tough five-set match. I'm looking forward to this match. I felt good on court today and I think he did as well. It will be an interesting match tomorrow."
Earlier in the day, Chung advanced to the Munich semi-finals for the second successive year to continue his quest for a first tour-level trophy. The fourth-seeded South Korean defeated Slovakian qualifier and 2014 champion Martin Klizan 6-3, 6-4 in 79 minutes for his 20th match win of the season (20-7).
“I’m really happy to make the semi-finals two years in a row,” said Chung. “It was really tough against a lefty, tough from the baseline and it forced me to focus all the time.”
The 21-year-old Chung beat Klizan in the Munich quarter-finals for the second successive year, breaking on occasions in the first set. Serving at 4-5, 30/30 in the second set, Klizan hit a double fault and then struck a forehand long.
On the other half of the draw, three-time Munich champion (2007, 2012, 2016) and No. 6 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber battled past No. 2 seed Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-4 in 77 minutes. The home favourite is into the semi-finals at the German event for the sixth time after evening his FedEx ATP Head2Head record against the Spaniard at 2-2.
Kohlschreiber will face a compatriot in the semi-finals, as Maximilian Marterer broke Hungarian Marton Fucsovics three times to advance 6-3, 6-4 in 74 minutes, reaching his first ATP World Tour semi-final. It will be the first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting between the pair.
Mektic/Peya through to final
Nikola Mektic and Alexander Peya ousted top-seeded duo Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo, 2-6, 7-6(4), 10-5 to move on to the final. The Croatian/Austrian duo will meet the winner between Tim Puetz/Jan-Lennard Struff and Ivan Dodig/Rajeev Ram for the BMW Open by FWU doubles title.
Did You Know?
Since 1974, a German has triumphed in Munich eight times. Kohlschreiber accounts for three of those eight victories.