Kohlschreiber wins eighth ATP ti­tle

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Ger­man Philipp Kohlschreiber claimed the eighth ATP Tour ti­tle of his ca­reer by brush­ing aside Joao Sousa in the fi­nal of the clay­court event at Kitzbuhel on Sat­ur­day.

The 33-year-old eased to a 6-3, 6-4 vic­tory over his Por­tuguese op­po­nent, who re­mains with­out a tour­na­ment win since 2015.

Kohlschreiber had lost his two pre­vi­ous tour fi­nals, but he re­cov­ered from a break down in the open­ing set with four straight games.

The world num­ber 47 had to fight back from 3-1 down in the sec­ond set as well, but once again Sousa gave up four games on the trot to slump to de­feat.

It was Kohlschreiber’s first ti­tle since win­ning on the Mu­nich clay in May 2016, and he will move up six places in the new world rank­ings on Mon­day.

Philipp Kohlschreiber

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