Nadal knocked out in Halle
Kohlschreiber sees off Spaniard to keep title defence on track
Last Updated: June 15, 2012 9:03pm
Top seed Rafael Nadal is out of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle after home hope Philipp Kohlschreiber handed him a 6-3 6-4 quarter-final defeat.
Nadal claimed his seventh French Open title just four days ago but his 13-match winning run came to an end as the eighth-seeded Kohlschreiber broke once in each set.
Kohlschreiber fired down eight aces to three from Nadal and converting two of eight break points, while the Spaniard could not convert any of his three break points.
"I said it was going to be tough," Nadal said. "He plays well on this court. You just have to congratulate him. He played very aggressive, served well, returned well. He played better than me.
"He played very aggressive, served well, returned well. He played better than me."
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"I was suffering when he was serving. I didn't have that energy to change the situation."
Nadal plans to return home to Mallorca to rest up ahead of Wimbledon, which starts on June 25.
"I can't practise on grass there but it's better not to practise for a few days. It's time to rest with my family, friends, to relax.
"I've played almost every match possible since Indian Wells. When I'm ready to come back, I'll go to Wimbledon."
World number three Roger Federer avoided the same fate as Nadal, coming from a set down to see off fifth seed Milos Raonic.
Raonic, the big-serving Canadian, took the opening set on a tie-break but Federer - a five-time champion at this event - responded by taking the second set 6-4.
The deciding set went all the way to a tie-break, which Federer took 7-3 to secure his place in the last four.
The Swiss player will take on Mikhail Youzhny in the semi-finals after the unseeded Russian prevailed 6-4 4-6 6-4 against Czech Radek Stepanek.