BERLIN: Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber will be bidding to win Munich’s ATP tournament for the third time after blasting past Italy’s Fabio Fognini 6-1, 6-4 in Saturday’s (Sunday in Manila) semifinal.
In Sunday’s final, Kohlschreiber, 32, who won the Munich title in 2007 and 2012 but lost to Britain’s Andy Murray in last year’s final, will face Austria’s rising star Dominic Thiem, who is ranked 15th in the world, but on a rich vein of form.
With 26 wins and two titles already this season, Thiem fought back from losing the first set in his semi-final to beat German teenager Alexander Zverev and seal a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 on clay in the Bavarian capital to end the run of his 19-year-old opponent.
“The match was very special and I hope we’ll play against each other again with the chance to win a title,” said the 22-year-old Thiem, in the battle of two rising stars on the ATP tour.
Kohlschreiber, ranked 27th in the world, has steam-rolled his way to his fifth Munich final after seeing off compatriot Florian Mayer, Juan Martin del Potro and Fogini en route.