Thiem wins Stuttgart title

Third seed Dominic Thiem of Austria defeated German seventh seed Philipp Kohlschreiber to win the rain-delayed Mercedes Cup on Monday.

The final was stopped due to rain in the first set on Sunday and proceeded on Monday morning, where Thiem beat Kohlschreiber 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-4 in a match that lasted two hours and 18 minutes on the grass courts of Stuttgart.

Thiem won €107,900 in prize money earning 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points while Kohlschreiber got €56,830 and 150 points.

The 22-year-old Thiem has played very well this week, having beaten Swiss star Roger Federer in the semi-finals, to clinch his seventh singles title and his first on grass in his short career.

In the first set there were no breaks of serve but in the fourth game, Kohlschreiber came close to losing his when saving three break points to hold serve. Things progressed to a tie-break, but with the German leading 3-2, the rain came down and the match and days play was stopped.

When things proceeded on Monday, Kohlschreiber had three mini-breaks and won the tie break 7-2 and with that the opening set 7-6.

At the start of the second set, Kohlschreiber dropped his serve and Thiem consolidated. The Austrian was then serving for the set and survived two break points to clinch the set 6-4 on his third set point.

The only break of serve in the final set came in the third game when the seventh seed had his serve broken and Thiem went on to win the set and match 6-4 for his fourth title of the year.

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