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  • Cilic, Kohlschreiber clash in BMW Open final

    5/6/12 2:27 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Cilic, Kohlschreiber clash in BMW Open final Philipp Kohlschreiber will be going for a second career Munich title in front of his own German fans on Sunday. Standing in his way of the trophy is No. 3 seed Marin Cilic.

    Marin Cilic and Philipp Kohlschriber will be squaring off for the eighth time in their careers when they battle for the BMW Open title on Sunday afternoon.

    Kohlschreiber leads the head-to-head series 4-3 and they have split a pair of clay-court encounters. Cilic dominated a 2009 Munich second-round meeting but Kohlschreiber got immediate revenge in Madrid with a victory in a third-set tiebreaker. They most recently faced each other last year in Davis Cup action; Cilic--with home-court advantage--cruised 6-2, 6-3, 7-6(6).

    Kohlschreiber has already treated the crowd to an outstanding week on the slow stuff in Munich. The world No. 34 rolled over Ernests Gulbis and Marinko Matosevic then outlasted Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-4 on Saturday. Kohlschreiber is now a stellar 18-8 for his 2012 campaign.

    Cilic generally starts every year on fire, but he was slowed by injury this time around. Finally, though, the 6'6'' Croat is back on the court and heating up. He has wins this week over Matthias Bachinger, Mikhail Youzhny, and Tommy Haas to improve his record for the season to 6-5.

    This will be the fourth of six career ATP finals that Kohlschreiber will play in Germany (he is 1-1 lifetime in Halle title matches and he won this Munich event in 2007). He owns a 3-2 career record in ATP finals. Cilic is 6-6 lifetime in title matches, including 0-2 on clay (2010 Munich, 2011 Umag).

    Cilic is a slight favorite on paper, but this just feels like Kohlschreiber's week. The German in three sets is the pick.


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Come on Marin!! You can do it! A win here would really give Cilic a boost of confidence after being out so long with a bum knee. It seems that all my favs have a wonky knee or two.

Maya , 5/6/12 4:37 AM


Yes come on Marin. Hope he gets his career back on track. He should be in the top fifteen at least.

luckystar , 5/6/12 11:09 AM



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