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Haas Beats Kohlschreiber For Munich Title

Munich, Germany

Haas© Bongarts/Getty ImagesTommy Haas captured his fourth title on home soil.

At the age of 35, Tommy Haas captured his 14th ATP World Tour trophy at the BMW Open in Munich on Sunday, beating defending champion Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-6(3) in an all-German final. Haas will rise to World No. 13 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday after becoming the first 35 year old to win an ATP World Tour title since Fabrice Santoro in Newport five years ago. 

Haas earned 250 Emirates ATP Ranking points, €74,000 in prize money and a brand new white BMW Z4 sDrive 28i.

“It's a sensational feeling to be quite honest,” said Haas. “It was another one of those milestones that I hoped for, to maybe win this title one year. To have done that, this late in my career, is a big highlight for me. Every time you win a title, it's a reflection of putting everything together the whole week. It doesn't happen that often. You're really proud of those moments.”

The rejuvenated Haas has compiled an 18-7 match record in 2013, also reaching the SAP Open final in San Jose (l. to Raonic) and knocking out World No. 1 Novak Djokovic en route to the semi-finals of the Sony Open Tennis in Miami (l. to Ferrer). His victory in Munich comes 13 years after he finished runner-up at the ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament (l. to Squillari).

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In the first all-German final in Munich since 1965 (Christian Kuhnke d. Ingo Buding), Haas held off a late fightback from Kohlschreiber to claim victory in 83 minutes. The third-seeded Haas served for the match at 5-4 in the second set, but was broken without holding match point. He came back strongly in the tie-break and clinched victory on his second match point. He improved to a 3-2 record against Kohlschreiber and 9-1 against his countrymen since 2010.

“I knew it was going to be tough,” said Haas. “He's played well here before and was looking for his third crown and it was maybe my last opportunity to win the title here. So I gave myself a little bit of extra pressure. I served well and I played well when it counted. When I was serving for the match, he played aggressive, came up with some good shots, and was rewarded for it. Then I told myself to get into the tie-break and play it as well as you can. I didn't want to play a third set against him, having served for the match, so I was really pleased with that."

Hamburg native Haas lifted a trophy on home soil for the fourth time. The right-hander has titled twice at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle (2009 – d. Djokovic, ’12 – d. Federer) and was victorious at the former ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in Stuttgart in 2001 (d. Mirnyi).

The fourth-seeded Kohlschreiber was bidding to win the Munich title for the third time, following victories in 2007 (d. Youzhny) and 2012 (d. Cilic). The 29 year old has made a strong start to the clay-court season, reaching the semi-finals of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell (l. to Almagro) and falling to Rafael Nadal in the third round of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. He has a 14-8 record on the season, also highlighted by a runner-up showing at the Heineken Open in Auckland (l. to Ferrer).

"It's very frustrating to lose in the final, of course, but Tommy played a very good match,” said Kohlschreiber. “It was a great week; it's always special to play at home. I'm happy with my performance. I really look forward to the upcoming clay-court tournaments. I'm pretty confident playing on clay and hopefully I'll have a good run."

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