Georgian tennis star Nikoloz Basilashvili claimed a straight-set win in the Munich final but afterward insisted that it wasn't easy at all against home favorite Jan-Lennard Struff. Basilashvili, ranked at No. 35 in the world, defeated world No.
44 Struff 6-4 7-6 (5) to win his maiden Munich title. Basilashvili broke Struff in the opening game of the match and then held on to his serve routinely in the rest of the set to win the opener. As no breaks of serve were seen in the second set -- the set went into a tie-break -- in which Basilashvili realized his second match point to win the title.
"It wasn't easy and I was super-tight at the end," said Basilashvili, per the ATP website. "It was very difficult. It's never easy playing Jan, he's a very big fighter and serves really well. I am super happy.
It seems like German conditions suit me. This is my fifth [ATP Tour] title and it will give me confidence for the upcoming tournaments."
Basilashvili wins his second title of the season
Basilashvili performed great during the whole week as he didn't drop a set en route to winning the title.
"It’s a very good boost and to win a lot of matches is very important for the upcoming tournaments,” said Basilashvili. “I was hungry to play well at this tournament.... I'm not looking for a coach right now, but I am travelling with a physio and a fitness coach”.
In March, Basilashvili stunned Roberto Bautista Agut in the Doha final. "I am somehow managing to play good in tougher conditions and tougher matches,” said Basilashvili after winning Doha. “This tournament was one of the toughest ATP 250s I have ever seen, probably.
We had three Top 10 players. It is interesting [to ask] why I am playing good in the big tournaments and big matches. [It is] surprising. At the same time, [I am] happy”.