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28.10.2014 Sports News

Philipp Kohlschreiber sets up Novak Djokovic date in Paris

Philipp Kohlschreiber sets up Novak Djokovic date in Paris
LISTEN OCT 28, 2014

Kohlschreiber advanced past local hope Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-3 6-1 at the hard-court ATP 1000 event in Paris, to book his seventh career meeting with Djokovic - the seven-time major winner holding a 5-1 head-to-head record.

The German has suffered defeat at the hands of Serbia's Djokovic at the clay-court Masters event in Rome, before a fourth-round loss to the eventual semi-finalist at the US Open.

Djokovic will be appearing for the first time on the ATP World Tour since becoming a father to son Stefan on Tuesday.

Austrian rising star Dominic Thiem set up a clash with third-seeded Swiss Stan Wawrinka, after downing Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov.

Thiem beat Dolgopolov 6-2 4-6 6-0 and will face Wawrinka - who is out of form with four straight losses on tour - for the first time in his career.

American qualifier Jack Sock set up an all-North American battle with seventh-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic, after thrashing Spaniard Pablo Andujar 6-1 6-1.

Sam Querrey, also a qualifier from the US, got past Poland's Jerzy Janowicz 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 6-4 - recovering from double-faulting on set point in the opener to win through.

Julien Benneteau progressed at his home event, the Frenchman downing Taipei's Lu Yen-Hsun 6-3 6-4 and will next meet in-form Briton Andy Murray.

Richard Gasquet also advanced in more good news for the home fans, as the beneficiary of Denis Istomin's retirement - the Uzbek calling it quits when trailing 6-7 (4-7) 6-2 4-0.

Left-hander Adrian Mannarino won an all-wildcard battle against fellow Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert 7-6 (7-3) 6-3.

Other left-handers to advance included Austria's Jurgen Melzer, a 6-4 6-1 winner over Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, and Fernando Verdasco - who fought back to beat fellow lefty American Donald Young 4-6 6-1 6-3.

Colombia's Santiago Giraldo caused an upset, progressing past Russia's Mikhail Youzhny 6-2 6-4.

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