• Dolgopolov overcomes Haas for Citi Open title

    8/6/12 5:13 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Dolgopolov overcomes Haas for Citi Open title Alexandr Dolgopolov captures the second title of his career and first of 2012 as he takes down Tommy Haas in the Washington, D.C. final on Sunday. Dolgopolov last triumphed on the clay courts of Umag in 2011.

    Alexandr Dolgopolov beat Tommy Haas 6-7(7), 6-4, 6-1 in a rain-delayed Citi Open final on Sunday night. Dolgopolov fired 11 aces without double-faulting and dropped serve only once to prevail in two hours and 15 minutes.

    In real time the first lasted hours and hours. Haas was broken at 3-4 but he broke right back in the following game when Dolgopolov struck a backhand well wide. A rain delay came with Haas leading 5-4 and again at 6-5 before play resumed without interruption starting at 7:45 (following a 4 p.m. start).

    Dolgopolov forced a tiebreaker with a clutch hold and a tense 'breaker ensued. It wasn't quite the 16-14 affair the the Ukrainian played against Novak Djokovic in the fourth round of last year's U.S. Open, but Haas missed three set points before finally taking it 9-7.

    A competitive second set saw Haas fight off four break points and Dolgopolov save one before the 34-year-old German cracked on serve at 4-5. Haas controlled the action on the final set point, but he sailed a forehand way long to end his hopes of a straight-set victory.

    From there it was all Dolgopolov. Washington, D.C.'s No. 2 seed surrendered a mere four service points in the decider while Haas went away both mentally and physically. One last routine hold at 5-1 wrapped up the proceedings for Dolgopolov and gave him the second ATP title of his career following a triumph in Umag last summer.

    "I'm really happy (with) the way I played," said Dolgopolov. "I played aggressive and Tommy was playing good so I had to hold on there. A lot of games where up and down and (there were) a lot of nerves but I'm happy I could get out the winner."

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Did anyone else see the match? Very exciting. I thought Tommy had the title till Sasha started to fight back.
Congratulations to Sasha!

mara002 , 8/6/12 4:51 PM

At this rate Haas will be top ten by the end of the year. He's barely played and he's up to 25. Another old guy doing his thing.

chr18 , 8/6/12 5:35 PM

I watched the match. It was a great quality match. Pity that there wasnt much crowd to watch it. Was great to see Haas's game. He is still playing great for his current physical state.

abhirf , 8/6/12 5:51 PM

Haas was mentally out of it after the 2nd. Still a good match.

2 best players in the tournament for sure

RickyDimon , 8/6/12 7:01 PM

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