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Haas still going strong in Hamburg
Hometown wild-card entrant Tommy Haas on Friday posted his second consecutive upset and advanced to the semifinals of the German Tennis Championships.
Haas, born in Hamburg, ousted seventh-seeded Florian Mayer 6-1, 6-4 with a solid service game. Haas didn’t drop serve, saving all three of Mayer’s break-point opportunities.
Haas in the second round defeated second-seeded and defending champion Gilles Simon.
He goes against a third seeded player Saturday in the semifinals as fourth-seeded Marin Cilic finished Friday’s play with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) decision over Albert Ramos. Both players had two breaks in the seesaw second set but Cilic managed to win the last two points of the tiebreaker.
No. 1-seeded Nicolas Almagro, who lost to Simon in last year’s tournament finals, got by sixth-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-5, 7-5 with five breaks and third-seeded Juan Monaco was a 6-3, 7-5 winner over Jeremy Chardy in the other quarterfinals.
Almagro is 4-2 lifetime versus Monaco. Cilic beat Haas earlier this year in the semifinals in Munich to even their career series at 1-1.
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