KITZBÜHEL, August 5, 2017
Philipp Kohlschreiber has raised the trophy of his hometown tournament for the second time in three years, winning the final of the Generali Open with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Joao Sousa from Portugal in Kitzbühel on Saturday afternoon.
The 33-year-old German, who has lived in the “Gamsstadt” since 2014, sent down four aces and gained his fourth and decisive break in the seventh game of the second set to secure victory in one hour and 22 minutes.
“I was very concentrated in the crucial moments and put a lot of pressure on him. I also returned very well. That was key,” Kohlschreiber told.
“It was a fantastic week. I played very well and also had some luck. Those are the things you need in order to win a tournament. I enjoyed the conditions here, playing in the heat, as it suits my topspins very well.”
By claiming his eighth ATP career title, Kohlschreiber takes away €85,945 in prize money as well as 250 ATP ranking points. He will next play at the ATP Masters 1000 in Cincinnati
Sousa was bidding for his third ATP World Tour title and first since 2015, when he triumphed in Valencia.
“Even though I lost today, it was a great week. I haven’t been playing that well for a while, so I’m very happy with how I played here in Kitzbühel. Philipp was the better man today and deserves to win the title. He played great tennis,” Sousa told.
Cuevas/Duran Win Doubles Title
Earlier in the day, Pablo Cuevas from Uruguay and Argentine Guillermo Duran captured the doubles title, having teamed-up together for the first time. The fourth seeds fought past Hans Podlipnik-Castillo of Chile and Andrei Vasilevski from Belarus 6-4, 4-6, 12-10 in one hour and 25 minutes. They split €26,110 in prize money.
“We’ve known each other for a long time but we never had the chance to play together. It’s a pleasure to play with a friend and it feels even better if you end the tournament in this way. We are very happy,” Cuevas told
“I think it was important to remain calm during the match tie-break. We were 7-4 ahead and then we lost three points in a row, but still managed to win,” Duran added.