Haas captures Munich title|
Munich, Germany (Sports Network) - Tommy Haas took down defending champion
Philipp Kohlschreiber in an all-German final at the BMW Open.
The third-seeded Haas defeated Kohlschreiber, the No. 4 seed, by a 6-3, 7-6
(7-3) margin to capture his fourth ATP World Tour title on home soil, having
won twice in Halle and once in Stuttgart.
The 35-year-old Haas won 85 percent of his first service points en route to
his 14th career title.
"It's a sensational feeling to be quite honest. It was another one of those
milestones that I hoped for, to maybe win this title one year," Haas said.
"To have done that, this late in my career, is a big highlight for me. Every
time you win a title, it's a reflection of putting everything together the
whole week. It doesn't happen that often. You're really proud of those
Kohlschreiber was trying to become the first three-time Munich champion since
the tournament has been held here in 1974. He beat Marin Cilic in last year's
final after first winning this French Open tune-up in 2007.
The 29-year-old Kohlschreiber fell to 4-5 in career title matches.
"It's very frustrating to lose in the final, of course, but Tommy played a
very good match," Kohlschreiber said. "It was a great week; it's always
special to play at home. I'm happy with my performance. I really look forward
to the upcoming clay-court tournaments. I'm pretty confident playing on clay
and hopefully I'll have a good run."
Haas and Kohlschreiber had split four previous meetings, all played on grass.
Kohlschreiber won the last matchup, a five-setter last year in the first round
Haas took home $96,000 with the victory.
05/05 12:16:06 ET