Second-seeded Tommy Haas defeated Dutchman Robin Haase 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in the final of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna Sunday afternoon, keeping alive his slim hopes of qualifying for the ATP World Tour Finals in London next month. The title was the 35-year-old Haas’ second of the year and 15th of his career. He won the BMW Open in Munich in early May and now becomes the 13th player to win multiple titles on the ATP Tour this year. “This victory is really something special,” Haas said. “You don’t win tournaments too often and this year I’ve won in my two favorite cities.” The 12th-ranked German pulled to within 695 point of Richard Gasquet for the eighth and final slot in London and will look for strong results at Valencia and Paris in the next two weeks to strengthen his bid. A combined total of 1500 points are in play for the winners of the two tournaments. “I still have a small chance, but I have to play extremely well,” Haas said of his quest for London. “It may mean that I have to win Paris. I have to give my best tennis, nothing is impossible. I want to play good tennis for the rest of the season.” Haase, ranked No. 63 in the world and unseeded in the tournament, got the first break of the match at 1-1 in the first set, but was immediately broken back. Haas broke again to take a 4-2 lead and held out to win the opener. Haase took the second set with a break in the 10th game after the two had traded breaks in the first and second games. Service prevailed in the third set until 3-2, when Haase converted on his third break point. Haas broke right back, on the Dutchman’s fifth double fault of the match. The German got the deciding break in the ninth game, and served it out with Haase hitting a forehand return long on the first match point. “I am disappointed as I’ve had my chances,” said Haase, who upset top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semifinals. “When I broke him at 1-0 in the second set, I started to feel stronger. I believed I could turn around the match. But he played all or nothing at the end and that paid off for him.” Haas improved to 15-12 in career finals and 47-19 on the season. He plays fellow German Philipp Kohlschreiber in the first round at Valencia this week.
Haas Defeats Haase to Capture Erste Bank Open
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