In a shocking turn of events, World No. 39 – Philipp Kohlschreiber stunned the tennis world with a surprise victory over World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the Round of 32 at the Indian Wells Masters Open. The German beat Novak in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, and moved onto the next round of the tournament. Djokovic made his return to the court after winning the Australian Open and enjoying a holiday with his close friends in California. The Serbian tennis star has had a great record against Philipp beating him eight out of their nine previous meetings. However, he was in for a surprise as Philipp turned on his game and landed a surprise win.
“I think I put of a pretty good strategy on the court,” Philipp said, “very clever serve, good return game – it was a good day.” He seemed noticeably happy about his victory and why wouldn’t he be. However, most of us do not know much about this German tennis player. So, we did a little digging and here’s what we found about Philipp Kohlschreiber.
1. Starting off with his full name – Philipp Eberhard Hermann Kohlschreiber. As if just Philipp Kohlschreiber, wasn’t difficult for us to pronounce already!
2. The German tennis player was born on 16th October 1986 and became a tennis professional back in 2001.
3. His first ever major competition victory was back in 2007 at the Munich Open. He also became the first German to win the title since 1984, even before he was born!
4. Currently the World No. 39, his best rank has been 16 when his career was at its peak, back in 2012.
5. Philipp Kohlschreiber has tasted a few sweet victories in his time as a tennis player as well. He has won the singles title five times and the doubles title six times.
6. This is not the first time he has defeated the Serbian champion. His last victory over came Novak at the Roland Garros Open 2009 in France.