Kohlschreiber keeps German hopes alive with win

Updated: May 3, 2007, 6:22 PM ET
Associated Press

MUNICH, Germany -- Second-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic advanced to the BMW Open quarterfinals Thursday, beating Chile's Nicolas Massu 7-5, 6-1.

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Berdych will face France's Nicolas Devilder, a 6-3, 7-5 winner over Germany's Tobias Summerer.

Philipp Kohlschreiber upset fifth-seeded Jarkko Nieminen of Finland 6-1, 6-4 to keep alive hopes for the first German winner since Michael Stich 13 years ago.

"I felt a little nervous at the end, but I will do anything to reach the final," Kohlschreiber said. "That would be an important step for me."

Kohlschreiber will face Sebastien Grosjean, the French veteran who followed up his victory over German star Tommy Haas by rallying to edge Argentina's Martin Vassallo Arguello 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

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