Federer, who will usurp Rafael Nadal and become the new World No 1 should he reach the semi-finals, began his campaign in style with a routine 6-1, 6-2 win over Ruben Bemelmans.
The Swiss legend could also become the oldest man to top the ATP rankings since Andre Agassi, is undefeated from 12 meetings against Kohlschreiber.
And Federer will have fond memories of when he last took on Kohlschreiber at the US Open last year where he prevailed in straight sets in the fourth round.
The 36-year-old admits he will have to adjust quickly from facing a left-hander to a right-hander, but thinks the win against Kohlschreiber will hold him in good stead.
Roger Federer had little problem in his first round match
I enjoy playing against Philipp (Kohlschreiber), I played really good against him at the US Open so I hope I can keep that up tomorrow nightRoger Federer
I enjoy playing against Philipp (Kohlschreiber), I played really good against him at the US Open so I hope I can keep that up tomorrow night
“It's a different match, changing from lefty to righty,” said Federer.
“I just hope I can play a good match. It is a sprint to the finish.
“The beginning will be crucial tomorrow, you don't want to fall behind, you want to stay focussed all the way.
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Philipp Kohlschreiber stands in Roger Federer's way in round two
"Any lapses could mean that you get in trouble. “But, I enjoy playing against Philipp (Kohlschreiber), I played really good against him at the US Open so I hope I can keep that up tomorrow night.”
Federer meanwhile, has had his path to the semi-finals cleared by his compatriot Stan Wawrinka who suffered a shock first round defeat on Tuesday.
The pair could have met at the quarter-final stage, but Wawrinka was dumped out by unfancied Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor in three sets.
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