Murray Wins First Clay Court ATP Title in Rain Delayed Munich
Steen Kirby, Tennis Atlantic
Andy Murray had to finish the match on Monday, but he finally won a long desired ATP title on clay in Munich 7-6 5-7 7-6 over Philipp Kohlschreiber, the German #1 who always tends to play some of his best tennis in Bavaria. Early on the first set, rain delayed the match on Sunday, and then they battled for over two hours on Monday to finish the match. Murray served well, always a key for him to win a match, and Kohlschreiber, though he battled hard, was poor in both tiebreaks, which was when it really mattered. Murray could have closed the match out in straight sets (he was up 7-6 4-3 and had break points), but Kohlschreiber was able to turn the tide, and very nearly pull off the upset. Overall the Scotsman would improve to 25-5 on the season and he captured his first ATP title this year (#32 overall).
Murray beat Mischa Zverev in his first match, then beat Lukas Rosol in 3 sets, and Roberto Bautista Agut in straight sets back to back (the quarterfinals were hampered by rain and players had to play two matches in one day). Kohlschreiber beat Jiri Vesely, and Alex Zverev before beating David Goffin in 3 sets, and first time ATP semifinalist Gerald Melzer (Jurgen’s brother) also in 3 sets. Kohlschreiber dealt with slow starts in his quarter and semifinal matches, but prevailed regardless.
Alex Peya and Bruno Soares, the top seeds beat the Brotherly tandem of Alex and Mischa Zverev for the doubles title.