Murray wins twice for BMW Open final against Kohlschreiber
MUNICH (AP) — Top-seeded Andy Murray will face two-time former champion Philipp Kohlschreiber in the BMW Open final after both players won two matches on Saturday.
Murray fired nine aces and saved five of six break points to defeat Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 6-4, 6-4, while Kohlschreiber needed 1 hour, 37 minutes to beat Gerald Melzer of Austria 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the other semifinal.
It will be Murray’s first final on clay, and the first under coach Jonas Bjorkman, a nine-time winner of Grand Slam doubles titles. The Scot is aiming for his 32nd tour-level title.
Kohlschreiber is aiming for his third Munich title after wins in 2007 and 2012. The German lost the 2013 final to compatriot Tommy Haas.
Earlier Saturday, Murray rallied to beat Lukas Rosol 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in their rain-postponed quarterfinal. Murray converted five of his 14 break opportunities and served five aces against the Czech.
The third-seeded Bautista Agut defeated Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic 4-6, 6-0, 6-0 for his semifinal place.
Kohlschreiber defeated fourth-seeded David Goffin of Belgium 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 and Melzer defeated Dominic Thiem of Austria 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-3 to set up the other semifinal.
The quarterfinals were washed out by rain on Friday, forcing Murray to play three matches Saturday. The world No. 3 also had a doubles semifinal with Jean-Julien Rojer but lost 6-3, 6-2 against Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares.
Peya and Soares will play German brothers Alexander and Mischa Zverev in Sunday’s final.