The BMW Open men’s singles final is finally here, and Tommy Haas will be playing against Philipp Kohlschreiber, the defending champion in Munich.
This will be the first All-German match at the BMW Open in 48 years, according to ESPN. With the event being held in Munich, it just seems fitting.
Predicting the winner is tricky, since these two are evenly matched. Taking a look at the advantages and disadvantages of both will help determine who can pull out the win on Sunday.
Things started slowly for Haas this year, but there’s a lot to like about him heading into the final match.
Back in March, Haas was able to beat Novak Djokovic, the world No. 1, in straight sets. It was the first time Haas was able to beat a No. 1 player since 1999.
Haas is still looking good, especially after the semifinals. He was able to beat Ivan Dodig, 6-4, 6-3, on Saturday and seemed to have little trouble.
The slow start this year is still a little concerning for Haas. Losing in the first round of the 2013 Australian Open definitely brought up some questions.
Age is also becoming a concern for Haas. At 35 years old, who knows how long Haas can continue to play at a competitive level.
Being the defending champion at Munich certainly gives Kohlschreiber the advantage in confidence, as he’s already proven he can win here, with his last win coming back in 2007. At 29, he is also pretty significantly younger than Haas, and that could make a difference in a longer match.
Kohlschreiber had a tougher time in his semifinal match. He battled from a break down in the final set, beating Daniel Brands.
That longer match could have tired him out a bit more than he would have liked. This could make his advantage in age out of the equation, but we will see how he looks heading into the final.
This one will go down to the wire because they are evenly matched.
In fact, this isn't the first time the two have gone up against each other. Haas was able to win back in 2012 at the Gerry Weber open, but Philipp won at Wimbledon just a month later.
Expect Kohlschreiber to get the upper hand in this one and win his third title at the BMW Open. He will be looking for payback after falling to Haas back in 2012, along with the extra motivation of back-to-back titles in Munich.
If the match continues to go on for an extended period of time, expect Kohlschreiber’s youth to give him that extra edge.
Winner: Philipp Kohlschreiber