German Philipp Kohlschreiber won Munich’s ATP tournament for the third time after downing rising Austrian star Dominic Thiem in Sunday’s final.
Having won the 2007 and 2012 titles, Kohlschreiber, ran out the 7-6 (9/7), 4-6, 7-6 (7/4) winner after a huge tussle in the final which lasted just under two and a half hours.
Having lost the first set on a tie-breaker, the 22-year-old Thiem rallied to take the second, breaking Kohlschreiber to go 4-3 up as the set then followed serve.
Kohlschreiber, 32, was not to be denied and squandered two match points at 5-4 up in the third before Thiem broke back to take the game to a second tie-breaker.
Having lost to Britain’s Andy Murray in last year’s Munich final, this is Kohlschreiber’s seventh career ATP title.
Thiem, ranked 15th in the world, has a bright future and has already picked up 26 wins and two titles this season.
Kohlschreiber, ranked 27th in the world, steam-rolled his way to his fifth Munich final after seeing off compatriot Florian Mayer, Juan Martin del Potro and Fabio Fognini en route.