Philipp Kohlschreiber and Tommy Haas advance to set up an all-German final at BMW Open 2013 in Munich. Their head-to-head score is 2-2.
A two-time Munich champion is one step closer to defending the title as he prevailed over his unseeded fellow-German Daniel Brands in three sets. None of the players was in a danger to lose his serve in the opener and a tie-break was needed to tell them apart – fourth seed Kohlschreiber conceded a couple of mini-breaks, allowing his opponent to move one set ahead. He started his comeback by converting the only break point in the second set. The decider did not go according to his plans at first as he fell 0-3 behind, but he recovered in time to make it 4-4 after confirming a re-break. A crucial tie-break would follow in which Kohlschreiber edged out Brands after tucking away the match ball number one. He entered his third Munich final with a 6-7 (4), 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory.
Seed number three Haas eliminated his semifinal challenger Ivan Dodig of Croatia in straight sets. The unseeded Croat had a great week in Munich, defeating Cilic and Dolgopolov on the way to the semis. In the opener the players split two breaks between them by 3-3 before the German pounced on his adversary’s serve at the crucial stage in the tenth game to go one set up. The outcome of the semifinal clash was decided in the middle of the following set as Munich 2000 finalist confirmed the only break of the set to build a 4-2 ahead and served out the match soon after. All in all, a routine 6-4, 6-3 triumph for the in-form German who will attempt to conquer his 14th tournament in the Sunday’s first all-German Munich final since 1965.