• Haas beats Kohlschreiber, to face Federer in final

    6/16/12 4:57 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Haas beats Kohlschreiber, to face Federer in final Tommy Haas, 34, is through to his first ATP final since 2009 after defeating Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets on Saturday in Halle. Haas will battle Roger Federer for the title.

    Tommy Haas booked a spot in the final of the Gerry Weber Open with a 7-6(5), 7-5 victory over fellow German Philipp Kohlschreiber on Saturday afternoon. Haas fired nine aces compared to one double-fault and he did not face a single break point while advancing in one hour and 34 minutes.

    Both of their previous meetings (also in Halle) had gone to third-set tiebreakers, and this one was competitive from the start even though it did not go the distance. Neither man yielded a break chance in the opening set, so it progressed to another tiebreaker. Kohlschreiber had held his serve more comfortably than his opponent during the set, but it was Haas who took the 'breaker seven points to five.

    With momentum in hand, Haas reversed roles somewhat in the second. The 34-year-old absolutely dominated on serve and saw three break-point opportunities to take complete control. Kohlschreiber saved all three to stay within striking distance, but he finally cracked when it mattered most at 5-5.

    The world No. 34 missed a backhand and deuce then netted a forehand on Haas' fourth break chance of the day. Haas promptly served out the proceedings at love one game later.

    Kohlschreiber wrapped up his effort with seven aces and one double-fault while winning 83 percent of his first-serve points. Haas moves on to his 22nd ATP final and first since he won the Halle title in 2009. Standing in Haas' way of his 13th career triumph is world No. 3 Roger Federer.

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I'm REALLY happy for Tommy. He deserves to be into another final after all the injuries he has gotten thro his entire career. I remember I was a fan of him like 10 years ago. Agassi, Sampras, Rafter, Hewitt and Haas were the ones that got me into Tennis.

I really hope he can beat Roger so he can retire with a big big smile.

Emiliano55 , 6/16/12 6:42 PM

Battle of the 'old' guys. I don't think Haas is retiring any time soon. They said he wants to get to 500 wins and he's at about 470 I think.

chr18 , 6/17/12 3:30 AM

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