Big-serving battle goes Muller's way in Den Bosch

For the second time in 2017, Gilles Muller was victorious on the ATP Tour as he beat Ivo Karlovic in straight sets to win in Den Bosch.

Published : Jun 18, 2017 21:06 IST , Netherlands

Gilles Muller's impressive 2017 continued at the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships on Sunday as he edged a serve-dominated final against Ivo Karlovic.

Muller claimed the first title of his career in Sydney earlier this year and added the 's-Hertogenbosch crown to his tally with a 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-4) victory.

Given both players' strength on serve there was not a single break in the 93 minutes on court, instead aces became their competition with Muller edging it 22-19.

With little between them throughout the match, tie-breaks were needed to separate them in front of a packed Centre Court.

The opening set swung Muller's way early in the breaker, but it was a crucial mini-break at 5-5 that enabled him to serve out for a 1-0 lead.

In similar fashion there was nothing to split the pair in the second and once again Karlovic fluffed his lines under pressure to see Muller celebrating another title.

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