• San Jose - Haas, Kohlschreiber advance to round of 16

    2/10/10 6:27 AM | Kelli DeMario
    San Jose - Haas, Kohlschreiber advance to round of 16 Tommy Haas reached the second round of the SAP Tuesday evening, following his straight-set victory over Devin Britton. He is joined by Philipp Kohlschreiber, who survived a tough opener against Rajeev Ram.

    (4) Tommy Haas def. (WC) Devin Britton 6-4, 7-6

    Former semifinalist Tommy Haas advanced to the round of 16 at the SAP Open on Tuesday. The fourth seed struck 10 aces and held eleven of 11 service games, en route to a 73-minute, 6-4, 7-6 win over American Devin Britton. The German, withstanding 15 aces from the qualifier, earned a key service break at 4-4 in the opening set. Haas ended the 28-minute set after Britton struck a backhand well over the baseline.

    An evenly contested second set contained no breaks of serve. Haas drew first blood in the tie-break, snagging a 3-1, mini-break lead as Britton netted a drop volley. A second mini-break came for the German at 4-2, who forced the American into error with his trademark one-handed backhand. A volley on match point sealed the victory for Haas.

    Haas will take on Denis Istomin for a place in the quarterfinal. Istomin won his opening-round clash with wildcard American Ryan Harrison on Monday, 6-2, 7-5.

    (6) Philipp Kohlschreiber def. Rajeev Ram 6-7, 6-1, 6-3

    Sixth seed Philipp Kohlschreiber dug out of a set deficit to take out Rajeev Ram in three sets Tuesday afternoon. The German faced no break points during the contest, prevailing 6-7, 6-1, 6-3 in one hour and 53 minutes.

    After losing the first set in a tie-break, Kohlschreiber turned the match around in set two. The 26-year-old built a 5-1, double-break advantage, helped by the force of his backhand passing shots. Kohlschreiber took a critical service break at 3-2 in the third, capitalizing on a backhand shank from Ram. The German held match point at 5-3, passing into round two as the American missed a return of serve.

    Kohlschreiber meets Dudi Sela in the round of 16. Sela dismissed first-round opponent Santiago Giraldo in straight sets early Monday.

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Slightly unrelated to the gist of the match report - but is Haasi now playing for the USA, or Germany? His little flag is still German, but he's being referred in the news as "American". I'm just wondering.

That being said, I hope Tommy goes deep. I have a really huge soft spot for him that got larger after seeing his match against Tippy at AO this year. :)

jyannis , 2/10/10 11:54 AM

I assume Germany.

I assume maybe the American press - especially in San Jose - is calling him American just for fun, cause it can.

But where have you seen it in the news? I've only seen him as German still. Link?

RickyDimon , 2/10/10 3:53 PM

Ricky, we had an article on TT - he just gained citizenship to the US last week. he has joint citizenship in US and Germany now. ce_after_receiving_US_passport

cherylmurray , 2/10/10 4:12 PM

Cheryl - that happened like...a LONG time ago!

jyannis was asking me who Haas is now playing for, to which i said "I assume Germany." Everyone knows he now has American citizenship, the only question is what that means for his tennis.

RickyDimon , 2/10/10 5:05 PM

just to clairfy, jyannis - i would like to see an article that calls Haas an American, not one of the 8,000 articles about his gaining American citizenship...for example, something like "the American beat Devin Britton on Tuesday." Has there been anything like that?

RickyDimon , 2/10/10 5:08 PM

I'm pretty sure he still plays for Germany ... he spoke about the Davis Cup just a little while ago and American citizenship notwithstanding, he was definitely a player for Germany.

smr , 2/10/10 5:31 PM

either way he wouldn't be available for the US until September of 2011, at which point he would be 33 and not as good an option as Roddick, Isner, Querrey, or Ryan Harrison (ok the last one was a joke).

I just want to know if articles are referring to him as an "American." Cause I will certainly start the trend next week in Memphis if it hasn't already started.

RickyDimon , 2/10/10 6:07 PM

according to the atp website about haas:
"He will continue to represent Germany and play for its Davis Cup team".

homos , 2/10/10 6:14 PM

My mistake, Ricky! I relocated the article where I thought he was being called "American" but apparently I have a problem with my eyes and brain...the "American" tag was of course referring to Britton. Yikes. I should read properly next time before raising a stupid questions, lol.

So he's still representing Germany. Cos I also remember reading that Tommy was commenting that he has "options" regarding Davis Cup team. :)

jyannis , 2/10/10 8:53 PM

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