Kohlschreiber Holds Off Thiem, Wins Third Munich Title

German wins first title of the season

Philipp Kohlschreiber overcame a dogged Dominic Thiem to win his third title in Munich on Sunday at the BMW Open by FWU AG 7-6(7), 4-6, 7-6(4). Thiem erased two match points at 4-5 in the third set. But in the tie-break, a backhand volley to the open court gave the German his seventh career ATP World Tour title and his first of the season.

“Unbelievable. Great story the whole week. Great performance. Huge final,” Kohlschreiber said. “I'm very happy and pleased with my performance.”

The 32 year old had not dropped a set in his three prior matches in Munich before Sunday's final, which featured Thiem consistently pushing the veteran. In the first set, Kohlschreiber had two opportunities to serve out the first set but was broken both times before clinching the first set in the tie-break.

Thiem bounced back in the second set and looked to be in control of the match. Before Sunday's final, the 22 year old, who leads the ATP World Tour in match wins this season (29), also boasted a 14-0 record in matches that had reached a deciding set. But at 5-4 in the third-set tie-break, Kohlschreiber blasted a forehand service return winner to give himself his final match point.

Last year, the veteran fell in a third-set tie-break to Andy Murray in the Munich final. How did he come through this year? “I have no answers,” he said.

The win improves the Augsburg native to 2-0 in his FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry against Thiem, who was playing in his seventh career final. Kohlschreiber also will receive 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points and €82,450.

Thiem is now 5-2 in finals, having also lost at the Generali Open in 2014. The World No. 15 will receive 150 Emirates ATP Rankings points and €43,430.

“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.”