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Kohlschreiber secures home title

Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber won the Dusseldorf Open on Saturday as he got the better of Ivo Karlovic.

The home favourite negotiated the big-serving Croatian to take a 6-2 7-6 (7/4) victory on the eve of the French Open.

It was his fourth title on German soil and his fifth in total.

"I have had some tricky opponents this week and I am very happy to have won," he told the ATP Tour website.

"I gained a lot of confidence and have played some of my best tennis in Germany where I have great support."

He won five games on the spin in a 28-minute opener and then saw out the second set with a tie-break.

Kohlschreiber is seeded 28th at the French and opens against Pere Riba, while Karlovic has the tougher task of facing Grigor Dimitrov.