ATP Dusseldorf Open: Top seed Philipp Kohlschreiber wins on home soil in Germany

Last Updated: 24/05/14 2:09pm

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Philipp Kohlschreiber: Has now won four of his five career titles on home soil in Germany

Philipp Kohlschreiber: Has now won four of his five career titles on home soil in Germany

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German Philipp Kohlschreiber was crowned champion at the ATP Dusseldorf Open after recording a 6-2 7-6 (7/4) victory over Ivo Karlovic in the final.

The top seed triumphed after 73 minutes on court at the Rochusclub, meaning he has now claimed four of his five career titles on home soil. He has previously won twice in Munich before, as well as in Halle three years ago.

Kohlschreiber produced a run of five successive games on his way to taking the first set comfortably, though Karlovic proved a much tougher nut to crack in the second.

Both men exchanged service breaks and although the Croatian fought back from a 6-2 deficit in the tie-breaker, he had allowed his opponent to open up too much of a cushion.

Nice feeling

"It's simply great," Kohlschreiber said. "It's one of the nicest feelings in tennis to win a tournament. You don't get the chance that often."

The world No 29 had been forced to win two matches on Friday to reach the final, firstly seeing off the challenge of Croatian qualifier Mate Delic before then knocking out Russia's Denis Istomin.

Karlovic was playing in his first clay-court final since 2007 and had won his last two meetings against the 30-year-old.

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ATP Dusseldorf Open 2014

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