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Kohlschreiber Captures Dusseldorf Title

Dusseldorf, Germany

Kohlschreiber© Laci Perenyi-Rochus Turnier GmbHPhilipp Kohlschreiber has won four of his five ATP World Tour titles on German soil.

Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber captured the Düsseldorf Open title on Saturday.

The top seed lifted his fifth ATP World Tour trophy after he defeated seventh seed Ivo Karlovic 6-2, 7-6(4) in the final at the Rochusclub, venue of the ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tennis tournament. It was the pair’s fourth FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting (tied at 2-2).

“It was great that I could handle the pressure as top seed," Kohlschreiber told ATPWorldTour.com. "I had some tough and tricky opponents this week, so I am very happy to have won. I gained a lot of confidence. I play some of my best tennis in Germany, where I have great support. The crowd gave me extra motivation and helped me when I got nervous.”

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World No. 29 Kohlschreiber received €77,315 in prize money and 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points. Four of his five titles have come on German soil, including 2007 Munich (d. Youzhny), 2011 Halle (d. Petzschner) and 2012 Munich (d. Cilic).

Having warmed up together ahead of the final, Karlovic won the first game but Kohlschreiber responded by winning the next five games. Kohlschreiber lost just five of his service points and saved both break points he faced in the 28-minute opener.

Kohlschreiber and Karlovic exchanged service breaks midway through the second set, which was decided on a tie-break. Kohlschreiber took a 6/2 lead, before a nervous end. Seven of the nine sets the pair has played have been decided on a tie-break. The final lasted 73 minutes.

“I was lucky to guess the right sides, the right corners on his serve," said Kohlschreiber. "I had a pretty good feeling, so after the second break I knew the first set was mine.

“After I got the break [in the second set], I possibly thought too much about winning the title. I got a little bit nervous, but I came back very strong in the tie-break. I got lucky at the end, when he missed a forehand close to the line."

Karlovic, who was contesting his 10th ATP World Tour final (now 5-5 overall), leaves with €40,720 and 150 Emirates ATP Rankings points.

“At the beginning he played unbelievably well," Karlovic told ATPWorldTour.com. "I was struggling a little bit with a back problem, so I couldn’t hit as hard as I normally do. But it was a good week. I didn’t expect five matches here, so I am very happy to have reached the final.”

Both players now head to the French capital for Roland Garros, the second Grand Slam championship of the year. Kohlschreiber, the No. 28 seed, plays Pere Riba, while Karlovic takes on 11th seed Grigor Dimitrov in the first round.

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