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  • Haas destroys Youzhny in French Open fourth round

    6/4/13 2:02 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Haas destroys Youzhny in French Open fourth round Tommy Haas makes mincemeat out of Mikhail Youzhny to book a spot in the Roland Garros quarterfinals on Monday. Next up for Haas is Novak Djokovic.

    One hour and 24 minutes? That's just what the doctor ordered for Tommy Haas.

    Two days earlier against John Isner, Haas had played three sets--out of five in total--that lasted almost as long as the entirety of his fourth-round French Open match against Mikhail Youzhny on Monday afternoon. The 35-year-old German struck a clean 25 winners compared to a mere 18 unforced errors in a 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 rout.

    Youzhny, who had just rolled over Haas 6-4, 6-3 last month on clay courts of Rome, actually broke serve in the opening game of the match. From there, though, it went downhill swiftly and decisively for the 31st-ranked Russian. He did win another game in the in the first set and he did not hold serve a single time until already finding himself trailing 4-0 in the second.

    After being broken right off the bat, Haas dropped only nine points in his next six service games en route to a commanding two-set advantage. The 35-year-old German donated serve to begin the third set, but he again broke back right away for 1-1. It was all but over when Haas converted his fourth break chance of Youzhny's service effort at 2-3. The world No. 14 fought off four break points along the way in set three, but a more routine hold at 5-3 wrapped up the proceedings.

    "What I'm really proud about is that I reached the quarterfinals here for the first time, not knowing if that was ever going to be possible," Haas explained. "It's a great success for me."

    With a long-awaited berth in the last eight of Roland Garros, the former world No. 2 has now reached the quarterfinals at least once at all four Grand Slams. He will look to go one step further on Wednesday against Novak Djokovic.




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