Philipp Kohlschreiber was victorious in Munich for a third time on Sunday, thrilling the home crowd with a 7-6 (7), 4-6, 7-6 (4) triumph over Dominic Thiem.
In the opening stanza, Kohlschreiber had two opportunities to serve out the first set but was broken on both occasions before success in the tie-break.
Thiem bounced back in the second set, winning it 6-4, and looked to have assumed control of the match.
However, at 5-4 in the third-set tie-break, Kohlschreiber blasted a forehand service return winner to give himself a shot at the match. He would go on to serve-out for the title.
The tournament victory was Kohlschreiber’s seventh of his career and the German was delighted to have won in front of his adoring fans.
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“Unbelievable. Great story the whole week. Great performance. Huge final,” Kohlschreiber said.
“I’m very happy and pleased with my performance.”
On the contrary Thiem, who has already claimed two titles this year, was bitterly disappointed but acknowledged that Kohlschreiber was the superior player on the day.
“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. Now I’ve lost one. It’s no tragedy, especially against Philipp.”
Elsewhere, in the third ATP final of the weekend, it was Nicolas Almagro who came out on top in the battle of the Spaniards, seeing off Pablo Carreno Busta 6-7 (6), 7-6 (5), 6-3 to claim the Estoril Open.