Haas beats Kohlschreiber to win Munich title

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Tommy Haas overcomes Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets in an all-German Munich final to seize the BMW Open 2013 title.

Third-seed Haas capped off his overwhelming week in Munich by defeating defending champion Kohlschreiber in straight sets and taking his first BMW Open crown. Prior to today’s success at the MTTC Iphitos tennis center he played a final in Bavarian capital thirteen seasons ago, whilst fourth-seeded Kohlschreiber also won the ATP 250 tournament in 2007. The athletes, featuring in the first all-German Munich final in forty-eight years, were tied in their head-to-head score at 2-2.

There was little to tell them apart in the opening set with a single break ball being produced in the opener in the fourth game. Haas gladly tucked it away and confirmed a break to construct a 4-1 lead – he later served out the set in style with a hold to love. The 35-year-old kept putting pressure on his countryman and broke him straight away in the set number two. His strong serving performance implied that the defending champ would stand little chance for a comeback. Indeed, Haas was serving for the title at 5-4, yet his opponent was suddenly gifted a couple of re-break balls after the title challenger conceded the only double fault in the final. The first break point was defended, yet it was game on again after a long and careful exchange in the follow-up rally. Kohlschreiber then acquired his only lead in the match by going 6-5 ahead, but Haas canceled it out and forced a tie-break.

In the thirteenth game the third seed was always one step ahead of Kohlshreiber and he obtained a significant 5-2 lead with a service winner. He was granted four tournament points after the next rally – he wasted the first one, yet he clinched an emotional home soil victory with a final net attack which ended with Kohlschreiber’s backhand landing in the net. End score: 6-3, 7-6 (3). Haas thus obtained his first title of the year and the fourteenth one in total.

In a post-match interview the new Munich king said winning the tournament means a lot to him, especially since playing in Germany allows him to spend more time with his family. He explained it was difficult to wrap up the clash in the second set. At the same time, he hopes this is not the only trophy he will win this season. On the other hand, disappointed Kohschreiber admitted that Haas has played a great match and that he could not do more than to take advantage of few of his rival’s weaker moments in the set number two.

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