Kohlshcreiber, Mathieu to meet in Kitzbuhel final

Philipp Kohlschreiber and Paul-Henri Mathieu will face off in the final of the Generali Open in Kitzbuhel, Austria after cruising through Friday’s semi-finals.

Mathieu was the first to advance when he defeated Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 6-3 in 75 minutes, before sixth seed Kohlschreiber set up the clash with a 6-0, 7-6(8-6) victory over top seed Dominic Thiem.

Kohlschreiber has already faced and bested the Frenchman twice in 2015, but says this is no guarantee of another win on Saturday.

"I beat him twice this year. But that doesn't mean anything. He's a former world number 12 and celebrated a great victory against Nicolas Almagro today,” told the ATP website.

“I always play my best tennis at German-speaking tournaments and hope that this will also be the case in the final. I have a great relationship with the organisers here and it's a pleasure to be in the final.”

Kohlschreiber will be playing for his fifth ATP World Tour title, and will be appearing in the Kitzbuhel final for the second time after losing to Robin Haase in 2012.

Mathieu has played in nine Tour finals in his career, and is the first ever qualifier to reach the Generali Open final.

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