Local hero philipp kohlschreiber once again thrills german tennis fans in munich.
The 32-year-old davis cup player from augsburg will battle it out on sunday against shooting star dominic thiem from austria in his fifth final match for the third title at the BMW open after 2007 and 2012.
Fourth seed kohlschreiber defeated italian fabio fognini in the semifinals with astonishing ease 6:1, 6:4. "There is little to complain about. I’m a bit surprised myself by the clear results this week," said the happy winner.
The world no. 15. Thiem had previously won a much more competitive match against the rough and tumble german talent alexander zverev after two hours and three sets with 4:6, 6:2, 6:3. "I served worse today than in the days before". I hardly had any free points," commented zverev.
Kohlschreiber dominated his match in front of 5,000 spectators on a packed center court. He also profited in his "living room" from many mistakes of his opponent. After just over an hour of play, he converted his first match point and was able to celebrate. About his final opponent he said: "dominic played really well last year, at the moment he is a pretty bright player. He has made giant strides."
One day after his three-set win over tournament favorite david goffin from belgium, 19-year-old zverev initially sniffed at the next surprise. In his fourth ATP semifinal, he held serve in the first set after breaking for the second time to go up 3-2. With a strong serve, which thiem could not return, zverev finished 6:4.
In his 29th match. Victory this year, however, thiem improved decisively in rounds two and three. In the match balls the austrian first made a double fault, then after exactly two hours of playing time he hit an ace and cheered. Zverev was left with only the applause of the spectators for a generally good tournament week. "I had three good matches, played well here. A semifinal at a tournament like this isn’t bad either," said zverev.