German Philipp Kohlschreiber won a second career Kitzbuhel title on Saturday when he defeated Joao Sousa 6-3, 6-4 in the final of the clay court Generali Open.
The 33 year old rebounded from a leg injury a week ago when he retired in the Hamburg final. Kohlschreiber is a local resident and rode his bike to the site all week.
“I never expected to win this title when the tournament started,” the German said. “I started to play more aggressive and offensive tennis. He is a very good mover on the court. He’s a great fighter and takes the ball early, so I tried to play faster and more aggressive.”
Kohlschreiber was forced to come from behind a break down in both sets. He improved to 8-9 in career finals, with his last five title wins on clay.
The 28-year-old Sousa fell to 2-7 in career finals and 0-2 this year.
“Even if I lost today it was a great week,” said Sousa. “I haven’t been playing that well for a while, so I’m very happy with how I played here in Kitzbuhel. Philipp was the better man today and deserves to win the title. He played great tennis.”
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