Philipp Kohlschreiber drops out from top-70 for the first time in 13 years


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Philipp Kohlschreiber drops out from top-70 for the first time in 13 years

Making a professional debut at the age of 15 in 1999, Philipp Kohlschreiber had played only a couple of tournaments in the next couple of years, progressing through the ATP list and finding himself in the top-100 in the summer of 2004.

From March 2006, Kohlschreiber has never left the mentioned group, holding the seventh-best run among the active players and preparing for the 700th consecutive week there next Monday! Known as one of the most consistent competitors on the Tour, Philipp has played almost 360 ATP tournaments and achieved 60 Major appearances, celebrating over 450 ATP wins from more than 800 encounters and finishing in the top-50 in the last 12 years.

The winner of eight ATP titles from 18 finals, the German delivered 25 top-10 wins, battling with all the best players in the previous 15 years and maintaining a high level that has kept him into the top tier of men's tennis.

At the age of 35, Philipp is among the six oldest players in the top-100 but has been struggling to keep his familiar form in the last 12 months, earning 23 ATP wins and dropping out from the top-70 for the first time in 13 years!

Kohlschreiber was the semi-finalist in Auckland at the beginning of the season, followed by the fourth round at Indian Wells where he toppled world no. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-4 for one of his best wins ever, unable to stay on the same pace in the next ten tournaments where he managed to score just eight triumphs.

The latest setback came in the first round in Hamburg, suffering a 6-3, 6-0 loss to Marton Fucsovics in only 65 minutes, his fifth in a row on the Tour, something that hasn't happen to him since 2005! Philipp has admitted he hasn't enjoyed his tennis in recent months and it should be interesting to follow his progress in the next couple of events, seeking much-needed for and to defend 300 points from 2018 that would keep him into the top-100 for the 16th consecutive year!