The FINAL SCORE is: 18-21 21-14 21-19 in 58 minutes for Marc Zwiebler
With this loss, the Indian campaign comes to an end at the Japan Open Superseries.
But he can surely take a lot of positives from his performance today. He was there in it right till the end and even saved a match point.
Srikanth gave his all but just a couple of crucial points towards the end let him down.
So near yet so far after all the gutsy effort!
It's a heartbreaking loss for Srikanth as Marc converts the match point, 21-19
The Indian saves one, 19-20
Marc now has match points and two of them, 20-18
He does as is expected of him. 18-19
Time is running out!
What will Srikanth do?
Marc still edges ahead, 19-17
Srikanth has nerves of steel and he reduces the deficit to 17-18
It swings Marc's way! 18-16
Which way will the game swing now?
This is now nail-biting affair. Marc makes it one-point deficit as he closes in to 15-16
And does not let go of it, 16-13
Calm nerves for Srikanth. He coolly takes the lead again, 15-12
this is getting tighter!
Marc snatches the next two points, 12-14
Srikanth, however, is relentless. He once more goes ahead to 14-10
You cannot count out the German and his vast experience! He closes in to 10-12
Srikanth in the mood for rampage, 12-8
For the first time in this match, it is Srikanth who has the half-time lead. He is up 11-7 at the interval
Srikanth surges ahead to 8-6 but Zwiebler playing catch up very well, 7-8
After all, he is from the land of the Mercedes and BMW. He knows a thing or two about speed and efficiency!
Zwiebler gets back into it fast 5-6
Zwiebler says not so fast! He takes the next point, 3-6
How long can he continue?
This is great display of measured aggression and control from the Indian.
Srikanth does not want to let go of the lead 4-2
The World No. 14 Indian builds on it further, 3-1
Revenge for the 2014 loss on his mind?
And he makes it 2-0
Srikanth trying to assert himself early, 1-0
It's been an enthralling battle so far! Who will take the third? Let's find out!
We are now all square!
And he converts it on his first chance, 21-14
Zwiebler quickly reaches game point, 20-14
There is a gap of four points between the two now. Zwiebler is at 18-14
Zwiebler soars to 17-14
The Indian put his best but still not good enough to break the German machinery!
Zwiebler keeps on bagging crucial points. 15-11
He tries hard but is still not able to curb the confidence of Zwiebler who is now ahead, 14-11
Are we to witness the Srikanth magic once again?
This is looking like the first game all over again.
The Indian reduces the gap to 10-13
After the interval, the German is still ahead 12-8
Srikanth has to summon all his courage for a magical turnaround once more just like he did in the opener!
The German precision is on point! It's Zwiebler who has an advantage of 11-7 at the lemon break.
He simply cannot do anything. Zwiebler races ahead 9-6
It must an eerie reminder for Srikanth of how things had looked out of his grasp in the first game right at this point.
The lead has switched hands now. Zwiebler is now 8-6
Srikanth built a 2-point lead for 6-4 only to see his German adversary erase it for 6-6
Srikanth levels the game at 3-3 and then surges ahead to 5-4
It is a mirror image of the first game. None wants to give the other an inch of space.
Srikanth's defense is top notch today. Once more a long rally goes in favour of the Indian, who evens it for 2-2
Second game: Zwibler makes a fast start to go ahead 2-1
But job only half done for the Indian. He needs another game.
This was indeed a comeback that he will savour for a long time!
Srikanth dashes all hopes of his German opponent as he slams shut the opener, 21-18
No, he takes another one to make it 18-20
Is it too late for him?
Finally, the German takes a point to make it 17-20
Zwiebler is simply reduced to a mere spectator. Srikanth jumps ahead to 19-16
What a turnaround!!!!
And it is 18-16
He evens clinches the lead to go ahead 17-16
And he evens it! It's now 16-16
Srikanth closes in further, 15-16
It's a long rally and the Indian showing his exceptional defense as he cracks the German code. It is now 14-16
And he maintains it, 13-16
Srikanth makes it as 3-point deficit, 12-15
The lead is still with Zwiebler, 15-11
One cannot forget Srikanth too has been as high as No. 3 in the world. And he is here to remind everyone about that. The Indian finds a second gear to take the next four points and close in on 10-13
Zwiebler inches ahead 13-6.
Srikanth tries hard but simply cannot the stop the German charge.
Zwiebler who has been a former World No. 10 is making his experience count.
Can he find some magic after the break?
Srikanth lost seven points in a row!
Zwiebler clearly the aggressor and is able to extract errors from Srikanth. At mid-game interval, he surges ahead 11-4
This is slipping fast from Srikanth's grip now.
But he cannot stop the German from taking the next three points to get ahead 7-4
Srikanth is right back in it, 4-4
The early stages are hard-fought and once more it is the German who has a slim lead of 3-2
But Zwiebler gets the lead, 2-1
Srikanth takes the first point 1-0
The match will begin in the next few minutes as the match that was scheduled before this clash has ended.
Interestingly, they did meet right here at the Japan Open two years ago. That encounter was won by Zwiebler in three games. Will he repeat that result or can Srikanth avenge that loss?
Meanwhile, Zwiebler had two easy straight-game wins. In the first round, he beat Jeon Hyeok Jin while in Round 2, he accounted for Hsu Jen Hao.
In reaching the last-eight stage, Srikanth beat two of his compatriots. In the first round, he overcame a stiff challenge from Parupalli Kashyap while in the second round, Srikanth won when Ajay Jayaram retired after the first game.
Welcome to the Sportskeeda Liveblog of the quarter-final match between Kidambi Srikanth and Marc Zwiebler at the 2016 Japan Open Superseries. Currently, they are ranked just one place apart in the BWF World Rankings. Srikanth is 14th while the German is 15th. Srikanth leads their head-to-head meetings 2-1.