Fourth seed Gilles Muller won his second ATP World Tour title on Sunday at the Ricoh Open in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, prevailing over third seed Ivo Karlovic 7-6(5), 7-6(4).
The final of the Ricoh Open was characterised by big serves and very few long rallies where both players stayed at the back of the court.
There were no break points in the match, with Muller surprisingly out-acing Karlovic (22 to 19).
The man from Luxembourg grabbed an early mini-break and the first-set tie-break and rode it to an early advantage.
Karlovic led 4/3 in the second-set tie-break, but Muller won the final four points to prevail in one hour and 32 minutes.
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“I think we should make a suggestion to the ATP that we just start with the tie-break next time,” joked Muller afterwards.
“It’s always tough to play Ivo and I’m glad I could beat him. I had many friends and a lot of family coming, so it’s been a great week here.”
Sunday marked his second ATP title.