BMW Open 2013: Breaking Down Must-Watch Quarterfinal Action in Munich

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIMay 1, 2013

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - APRIL 18:  Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany serves against Rafael Nadal of Spain in their third round match during day five of the ATP Monte Carlo Masters,at Monte-Carlo Sporting Club  on April 18, 2013 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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The 2013 BMW Open might not have some of the biggest names in men's tennis prevalent this year, but it certainly has a great array of talent that will no doubt provide plenty of cant-miss action—particularly with the quarterfinals of the tournament ahead.

Two of the four quarterfinals have been set whilst the other two will find out their competitors over the next day or two of competition. And with several big name players and top seeds still in the running for a spot in the top eight, the action this week is shaping up as must-watch tennis.

Read on for a full breakdown of the quarterfinal matchups this week, including a full schedule and predictions for who will win their way through to the semifinals.


BMW Open 2013: Quarterfinal Schedule

Note: A full tournament schedule can be seen via the official ATP website.

Round of 16

Janko Tipsarevic [1] vs. Grega Zemlja

Daniel Brands vs. Gael Monfils [WC]

Florian Mayer [6] vs. Marinko Matosevic

Ernests Gulbis vs. Tommy Haas [3]



Tipsarevic/Zemlja vs. Brands/Monfils

Philipp Kohlschreiber [4] vs. Viktor Troicki

Mayer/Matosevic vs. Gulbis/Haas

Alexandr Dolgopolov [5] vs. Ivan Dodig


BMW Open 2013: Biggest Talking Points so Far

Ivan Dodig Knocks Out No. 2 Seed Marin Cilic

After surprising many with a first-round win over Nikolay Davydenko, World No. 56 Ivan Dodig threw the tournament wide open on the bottom half of the draw when he knocked out No. 2 seed Marin Cilic in straight sets during their second-round match.

Dodig won a staggering 45 percent of points on the Cilic serve to create several break point opportunities and was able to quickly capitalize on that. 

He emerged with a 6-4, 6-2 victory to his name and stands a great chance to move through to the semifinals in Munich if he can get past No. 5 seed Alexandr Dolgopolov, who won through in a very close 7-6, 7-6 match against Dmitry Tursunov.

Dodig has a great chance to emerge from his quarterfinal matchup here.


German Boys Poised for Success

Played in Munich, the BMW Open is proving to be a great tournament for the German boys, with four players still alive in the tournament—including all three big seeds in Kohlschreiber, Haas and Mayer, who will all like their chances of emerging with a tournament victory here.

Mayer and Haas are on course for a quarterfinal matchup that would knock one of them out of the tournament as a result, but the others are all in with a great chance for their respective matchups. 

Kohlschreiber faces a difficult matchup in Troicki, which we'll get to in a moment, but with Cilic out of the bottom half of the draw, his schedule has really opened up. He could well emerge as a big contender for the final in 2013 as a result of that.


BMW Open 2013: Top Quarterfinal Matchups to Watch

Janko Tipsarevic [1] vs. Gael Monfils [WC]

Monfils came into the tournament this year with a wild-card berth, but as we all know, the No. 103-ranked player in the world is very deadly on his day.

Despite only holding a 10-9 record this year, the Frenchman has shown some serious talent against some of the biggest names in tennis. They might not have ended up in wins, but particularly on clay, his performances against the likes of Nicolas Almagro and Marcel Granollers showed that he is capable of sticking with his opponents like he did early in the year at the Australian Open.

His potential quarterfinal showdown with the tournament's top seed is an intriguing one, for whilst Tipsarevic might not boast the most deadly game (or the athleticism of Monfils), he is a proven competitor who will be very tough to defeat here.

The biggest thing in Monfils' favor appears to be the limited action that Tipsarevic has spent on clay, which could see this fixture remain quite a close match. Tipsarevic has only played three games on clay this year and only one against decent opposition—beaten in straight sets by Grigor Dimitrov. 

That in itself won't win it for Monfils, but if the dynamic Frenchman can keep this one close, that will suit his style of game and could see him emerge victorious here.

Or, it could see his recent injury flare up once more and end the match.

You simply never know with Monfils.


Philipp Kohlschreiber [4] vs. Victor Troicki

One matchup that we do definitely know is that between German national Kohlschreiber and Serbian Troicki, who both chalked up comfortable second-round wins.

Kohlschreiber has been an up-and-down player throughout his career, but you've got to like him to get the job done here. He is in good form now and has shown nice touch on clay this year, and he should continue that against an opponent who has struggled for consistency throughout 2013.

Kohlschreiber showed in Barcelona and Monte Carlo that he can be tough on clay, and whilst he doesn't have the game to match the true clay-court specialists, he is still a tournament threat. Clay has been Troicki's worst surface throughout his career, and whilst he still has an impressive 0.500 percent win record, that won't help him against the current form of the German.

Who, playing in front of his home crowd, should chalk up a nice win here.


Full Predictions

Janko Tipsarevic [1] def. Gael Monfils [WC] in three sets.

Philipp Kohlschreiber [4] def. Viktor Troicki in straight sets

Florian Mayer [6] def. Tommy Haas [3] in straight sets.

Ivan Dodig def. Alexandr Dolgopolov in three sets.


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