• Haas beats Gulbis, into Halle quarterfinals

    6/13/13 11:52 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Haas beats Gulbis, into Halle quarterfinals Tommy Haas gets past Ernests Gulbis in straight sets on Thursday in Halle. Haas is through to a quarterfinal showdown against Gael Monfils.

    Tommy Haas kicked off his Gerry Weber Open title defense with a 7-6(5), 6-4 win over Ernests Gulbis on Thursday evening. One break conversion in 17 chances was enough for Haas, who advanced in one hour and 47 minutes.

    A wild opening set saw Gulbis survive a marathon game at 1-2 before ultimately saving all 12 of the break points he faced. Haas had one deuce game on his own serve, but he held the entire way without having to fight off a single break point. The 35-year-old German had an upper hand throughout the ensuing tiebreaker and he benefited from a Gulbis double-fault with the Latvian serving at 4-5.

    Haas finally capitalized on his 17th break-point opportunity at 2-2 in the second. Gulbis continued to fight, but the world No. 38 never came close to getting back on level terms. Haas dropped a mere four points in his last five service games and he wrapped up the proceedings with a routine hold at 5-4.

    "It's always nice winning matches like this, especially when you didn't use the chances so much,” said the two-time Halle champion, who will battle Gael Monfils in the quarterfinals. "Had a lot of break chances in the first set, couldn’t really take advantage of them. A lot of the time I didn't have much of a chance actually because he was serving really well, hitting the shots when he needed them."

    Gulbis finished with 15 aces and seven double-faults. Haas recorded five aces and one double while serving at a stellar 70 percent.

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Who else loves that Tommy won this round?

In other news, I'm confused. Le Monf is going to finish this round, but refused an WC at Wimbledon? I've read he had a personal concern that couldn't wait; I can't imagine how bad it could be given how much he's seemingly enjoyed being back in the rankings and playing well. I hope no one in his family is ill.

mara002 , 6/14/13 1:47 AM

I am thrilled that Tommy won this match! I didn't get to see it live, but will check out the second replay on the tennis channel tonight. Good for him! Straights sets but a close score in both.

As far as Le Monf, I read somewhere that because his ranking was so low being out with injury, he didn't qualify for Wimbledon. He didn't want to take a wild card. I don't know if this is correct. The story you mentioned has also been floating around.

I can't imagine that he would let hurt feelings about not qualifying, prevent him from playing at Wimbledon. He's had some nice victories and seems to be getting back into form.

Nativenewyorker , 6/14/13 2:19 AM

15 aces and 8 double faults really defines Gulbis :)

Shireling , 6/14/13 11:39 AM

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