Munich - Evergreen German Tommy Haas beat defending champion Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets on Sunday to win the Munich clay-court title for the first time at the 10th attempt, 13 years after his first appearance in the final.
Haas needed just 82 minutes to seal his 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) win over compatriot Kohlschreiber and pick up the 14th title of his career to become the first 35-year-old to win an ATP tournament since 2008.
Haas will be ranked 13th in the world, having reached a career-high of second back in 2002.
"It means a lot to win here, it's hard to put it into words, but it's a great feeling," said Haas, who lives in Florida, but said it had been good to spend some time with his family in Germany this week.
"I just came here wanting to play well and try to win the title.
"The fact that it has worked out is unbelievable.
"I have to pay credit to Philipp, he played really well. He took a few risks and was aggressive, he made it a good fight."
Having struggled with injuries in recent years, Haas is yet to win a Grand Slam, but reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon back in 2009 and beat Roger
Federer in last year's grass-court final at Halle.
"Perhaps I can go on now and win another title this year," he added, having never got past the fourth round at Roland Garros with the French Open set to start in a fortnight.
This was Haas's fourth win on home soil having twice won in Halle and once in Stuttgart.