Top-seeded Andy Murray was made to work in the rain-delayed BMW Open final on Monday, defeating No. 5 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6(4), 5-7, 7-6(4) for his first career claycourt title in Munich.
“It was my first final on the clay, having lost a few semifinals at Roland Garros, Rome and Monte-Carlo,” Murray said. “We played a very high standard match. I just managed to hang on at the end.”
The Brit improved to 32-16 in finals, and to 5-0 in finals that went to a third-set breaker.
“He served unbelievably well,” Murray said. “I had very few chances when I was returning. We may even play one another in Madrid on Wednesday. Philipp is a superb competitor and fought right to the end.”
In addition to the prize money, Murray drove away with a BMW i8 plug-in hybrid and the traditional Bavarian lederhosen.
Kohlschreiber fell to 5-7 in career finals and 2-2 in Munich finals, winning in 2007 and 2012, and runner-up in 2013.
“It was a great atmosphere and a great crowd,” Kohlschreiber said. “We both gave everything. It was so close, but at the end there has to be one winner. Unfortunately, for me, it was Andy. It was a fantastic game. It was a very special moment for me, in front of a home crowd. I think I pushed Andy to the limit.”
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