• Kohlschreiber takes home Halle title

    6/12/11 7:53 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Kohlschreiber takes home Halle title Philipp Kohlschreiber captured the Gerry Weber Open title on Sunday, after fellow German Philipp Petzschner retired with a lower back injury. By virtue of the finals success, Kohlschreiber is three times a champion on the ATP World Tour.

    World No. 49 Philipp Kohlschreiber came through the Halle final, as opponent Philipp Petzschner was forced out with a low back injury. Kohlschreiber had built a 7-6(5), 2-0 advantage, when Petzschner called time on the match.

    "I think it was a fantastic week," the champion explained. "Every day I played a great match. Of course, the final ended quite short, but overall the week was great and to win in Germany is fantastic.

    "It ended so quickly. So I wasn’t really feeling like a winner, but it was the best time for a victory. As you could see before, I really worked hard here, I tried to play good tennis here. It hasn’t worked that well this year until now. I never had a real success, so the win came in the right moment for me."

    Kohlschreiber defeated defending champion Lleyton Hewitt and third seed Gael Monfils en route to the title.

    "This was a day to celebrate German tennis. I don’t think it would have been a problem for me had I lost in a tight match, I would have been proud of my performance. But to give up such a final, and then here, that’s incredibly bitter,” confessed Petzschner.

    "Both of us played solid tennis, we both served really well. And then out of the blue I’m serving and I notice that something is wrong. The more balls I hit the more obvious it became that I couldn’t finish the match like this. Not on a normal level anyway, I could have just stood in court, but that doesn’t make any sense. Maybe I would have really hurt myself then, or something really bad happens that costs me another eight or 10 weeks."

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