In one of the best matches played this season, German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber edged Dominic Thiem 7-6(7), 4-6, 7-6(4) to win his third Munich Open title.
“Unbelievable. Great story the whole week. Great performance. Huge final,” the 32-year Kohlschreiber said following the 2-hour, 31-minute victory. “I’m very happy and pleased with my performance.”
Kohlschreiber picked up his seventh career title, first of 2016. And it’s redemption after losing to Andy Murray in the Munich final a year ago.
Thiem, who was seeking a third title on the season, sixth of his career, was unable to capitalize after saving multiple matchpoints at 4-5 in the third set.
“It was a very close final, attractive for the crowd, for sure. It was very painful for me but Philipp was the better player today, and he deserves to win,” Thiem said. “Almost every final is close because both players never give up. They want to win the title.
“I’ve won the last five finals,” he said. “Now I’ve lost one. It’s no tragedy, especially against Philipp.”
After suffering his first loss in a deciding set this year, Thiem still goes into Madrid as the leader in ATP match wins this season at 29.
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