The 29-year-old Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili (ATP-35) convincingly took the measure of the Norwegian Casper Ruud (ATP-24) in the semi-finals of the ATP tournament in Munich (419,470 euros) on Saturday. The 6-1, 6-2 was on the board after 1 hour and 12 minutes of tennis.
Basilashvili left the first game of the match to Ruud, but then waltzed over the Norwegian by winning six consecutive games. After half an hour of play it was 6-1. In set two, Ruud showed hardly any signs of improvement. The Norwegian was immediately broken and would not recover. Basilashvili steamed through to 6-2 and the associated final ticket.
In the final, Basilashvili will take on the German Jan-Lennard Struff (ATP-44) on Sunday. Earlier in the day, he beat Belarusian Ilya Ivashka (ATP-107) 6-4 and 6-1 out of the tournament.
In his seventh ATP final, Basilashvili is going for a fifth title, a second this season. The Georgian lost his first two finals, in 2016 in Kitzbuhel and in 2017 in Memphis, but then he brought the tournaments of Beijing (2018), Hamburg (2018 and 2019) and this year Doha to his palmares. It will be the first final for 31-year-old Struff.
In the mutual confrontations between Basilashvili and Struff it is 3-3 equal. On gravel, also on the surface in Munich, Basilashvili did win the previous two duels: in 2016 with 6-4 and 7-6 (7/3) in the final of the challenger tournament in Heilbronn and last month in the quarter-finals in Sardinia with 7 -5, 4-6 and 6-3.