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Haas’ 1st on 10th attempt

Munich: Tommy Haas won the BMW Open for the first time on his 10th attempt, on Sunday, at the age of 35.

Third-seeded Haas beat defending champion Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-6 (3) to win the first all-German title match in Munich in 48 years.

“I can hardly believe that I still managed to win here after such a long career,” said Haas, who emulated Frenchman Fabrice Santoro's feat in winning an ATP tour event at Newport at the same age in 2008.

Haas capped an impressive week by beating Kohlschreiber in 83 minutes for his 14th ATP Tour title and his fourth on home soil.

“It’s a little dream,” said the Los Angeles-based Haas, who previously won two titles at Halle and one in Stuttgart, but lost the 2000 final here to Argentina’s Franco Squillari.

“It’s a sensational feeling to be quite honest,” Haas was quoted as saying on the ATP website after winning his first title in 11 months.

“It was another one of those milestones that I hoped for, to maybe win this title one year. To have done that, this late in my career, is a big highlight for me. Every time you win a title, it’s a reflection of putting everything together the whole week. It doesn’t happen that often. You’re really proud of those moments.”

“Tommy played outstanding tennis, without any mistakes,” said Kohlschreiber.

The third-seeded Haas had defeated Ivan Dodig of Croatia 6-4, 6-3 on Saturday, while Kohlschreiber had edged compatriot Daniel Brands 6-7 (4), 6-3, 7-6 (5) in the semi-finals.

Haas will rise to 13th in Monday’s world rankings. The rejuvenated German has an 18-7 match record this year. reaching the SAP Open final in San Jose, where he lost to Milos Raonic, and knocking out top-ranked Novak Djokovic en route to the semi-finals in Miami. (Agencies)