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Thiem beats Kohlschreiber in Stuttgart for 1st grass title

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STUTTGART, Germany- Dominic Thiem won his fourth ATP title of the year when he came from behind to beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-4 in the rain-delayed final of the Mercedes Cup on Monday.

The final was halted on Sunday with Kohlschreiber up 3-2 on serve in the tiebreaker. The seventh-seeded German took the tiebreaker, but Thiem had an early break of serve in each of the following two sets.

He led 3-1 in the third and saved a break point after serving a double-fault. He made his sixth double-fault in the final game and saved two more break points before clinching the match with a stop volley. The third-seeded Austrian saved all five break points he faced.

Thiem’s seventh career title was also his first on grass. He was a semifinalist at the French Open.

Goerges to play Kasatkina in Kremlin Cup final

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MOSCOW (AP) Julia Goerges will seek to end a six-year wait for a title when she faces Daria Kasatkina of Russia in the Kremlin Cup final.

The seventh-seeded Goerges recovered from a second-set slump to beat Russian player Natalia Vikhlyantseva 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 in their semifinal Friday.

Victory for Goerges in Saturday’s final would end a run of six losses in finals stretching back to 2011, when the German player won in Stuttgart. Three of those losses came in the space of two months this summer.

Earlier Friday, Kasatkina reached her second WTA final of the year when she beat 2014 runner-up Irina-Camelia Begu 6-2, 6-3.

Kasatkina’s strong returns punished Begu’s serve and restricted the Romanian to holding serve just once in each set.

The 20-year-old Kasatkina is seeking her second career title after victory in Charleston in April.

In the men’s draw, Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina booked a place in the semifinals by defeating 2012 champion Andreas Seppi of Italy 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Pablo Carreno Busta out of Kremlin Cup

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MOSCOW — Top-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta was knocked out of the Kremlin Cup in the second round by Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-3 on Thursday.

The Russian broke 11th-ranked Carreno Busta twice in each set.

Medvedev’s win sets up a quarterfinal against Bosnian qualifier Mirza Basic.

Earlier, Russia’s Daria Kasatkina booked a place in the semifinals of the women’s draw, beating Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus 6-4, 6-3.

Standing between Kasatkina and her second career final is Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania, who prevailed against qualifier Vera Lapko of Belarus 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 in their quarterfinal.

The other women’s semifinal pits Germany’s Julia Goerges against Russian Natalia Vikhlyantseva.

Goerges, the last seeded player left in the draw, saw off Lesia Tsurenko 6-3, 6-4. Vikhlyantseva eliminated Alize Cornet, winning their quarterfinal 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 despite needing treatment on her left thigh.