6/15/12 11:14 PM | Ricky Dimon
Tommy Haas breaks late in the third set to upend Tomas Berdych during quarterfinal action in Halle on Friday. Haas is through to a surprising semifinal meeting with Philipp Kohlschreiber.
It was a memorable day for the home crowd at the Gerry Weber Open.
Hours after defending champion Philipp Kohlschreiber upset world No. 2 Rafael Nadal, fellow German Tommy Haas ousted No. 3 seed Tomas Berdych 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 in a thrilling quarterfinal Friday in Halle. Haas struck 10 aces and dropped serve only once as he booked a semifinal spot after two hours and five minutes of play.
One break decided each set, and the first one went to Haas when Berdych double-faulted on break point at 2-2. Haas held his final two service games of the set at love, but Berdych got back on track by breaking in a long eighth game of the second set.
The decider seemed to be on the way to a tiebreaker, but the third-seeded Czech cracked with the pressure on at 5-6. Two double-faults gave Haas a match point and it ended when Berdych struck an errant forehand.
"I think that everybody who saw the match saw and knew that it was important to hold serve," Haas explained. "I think I served well but not as good as he did. When his first serve was really good I could hardly do anything. Even if I did play the ball, he reacted with his forehand and put me under pressure."
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