Murray Edges Kohlschreiber for 1st Career Clay Title at Munich
by Staff | May 4th, 2015, 11:12 am

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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16 Comments for Murray Edges Kohlschreiber for 1st Career Clay Title at Munich

RZ Says:

Yay Murray! I read a stat that he is 5-0 in finals that come down to a 3rd set tiebreak. Clutch!

jalep Says:

Pictures somebody, please of Andy in traditional Bavarian lederhosen :D

Colin Says:

Andy’s right about Philipp’s serving. Though the Scot served more aces, it was usually the German who held serve more easily. This was probably because he was the more ready to come in after serving, a point which no doubt Jonas Bjorkman will emphasise.

I haven’t seen any of Roger’s matches in the desert, but to judge from what I’ve read, he would find Kohlschreiber quite a handful. Naturally I hope that matchup is rendered theoretical on Wednesday!

Margot Says:

Just for you jalep :) Actually he looks OK. They look like long walking shorts, which I guess they are. But fortunately,the white socks which apparently are meant to go with the costume, have been left off….Phew!
Meanwhile, well done Andy. Outplayed Kohls in deciding tie br8, only a whisker between them.

Margot Says:

Match report and Andy and Phil saying some nice stuff.

the DA Says:

@Margot – That was a nice report. Lots of mutual respect between Philip and Andy. Kohls even described it as maybe the best final in the tourny’s history :o

The one line that made me lol was “The Brit will go to Madrid at 6pm and added that he might will have a bath before leaving for the airport.” I think they left out “ice” – it just reads so strangely otherwise.

Colin Says:

Who is the young guy in the Murray team box? As he is young, I take it he’s the hitting partner, but I can’t find out for sure.

the DA Says:

^ I’ve also wondered who he is. Nobody seems to know. I haven’t seen him hitting with Andy in any pix/videos. He could be an employee of 77 Inc or a PR guy. Mystery man.

jalep Says:

Gee thanks, Margot! Have to admit I was hoping for the complete Tommy Haas look: suspenders, fancy shirt, knee socks,hiking boots, and hat with a feather in it. Yeah, not sure the hat part is Bavarian…might be thinking of the kit Fognini wears..
Tyrolean maybe.

Anyway, Andy looks a bit unsure, not as charming and handsome as in his kilt ;)

Lots of respect for each other, Andy & Kohls.

jalep Says:

Thank goodness he had a bath before leaving, DA.

Matador Says:

Congratulation to Muzzas’s fans.After 11 years on tour he was able to archieve this huge feat: His first title on clay!

Can he be a force in Madrid, Rome and especially Roland Garros when his target is obviously Wimbledon when there he actually have a chance to win it?

Colin Says:

Good question, Matador. It would be catastrophic for him if playing on the clay caused his back to flare up again.

Mention has been made of Buster Mottram, the last Brit to win a clay title. He was quite a character, being notorious in the media for his right-wing political views. He was a strong supporter of the National Front, a British equivalent of the current French party.

the DA Says:

Okay, I’ve found a name for the young guy in Andy’s box: Richard Hampson. There was a caption under a photo today. Alas I still am no wiser as to what his role is. The sleuthing continues.

Margot Says:

You can mock….but think of the stick “even Murray” and his fans would’ve got if he’d lost.
@the DA
Carry on Sherlock…He was very “into” the match, wasn’t he?

calmdownplease Says:

Oh I think this lame-a**ed Matador will need a good goring soon,
Don’t you think Margot?
Anyhoo, congrats to Andy and congrats to us his long suffering fans too!
Even though it’s only a dirt title, and really not where tennis is best played (cant they make this part of the year shorter and the Grass longer?)
It was, nevertheless, a little treat for Mayday.

KatH Says:

So guys – Phillipp v Andy —can Andy do it again (Phillipp looking verra verra strong) – trying not to lose the faith…!

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