• Monaco, Haas collide in Hamburg final

    7/22/12 2:55 AM | Kelli DeMario
    Monaco, Haas collide in Hamburg final World No. 14 Juan Monaco looks to capture his third ATP World Tour title of the season, as he squares off against hometown wildcard Tommy Haas. The players are slated to contest their fifth career meeting Sunday afternoon.

    Third seed Juan Monaco holds a 3-1 series edge against veteran Tommy Haas. Sunday signals their first meeting on clay.

    Monaco made his second final in as many weeks after upending top-seeded former champion Nicolas Almagro. The 28-year-old Argentine rallied to defeat the Spaniard in three sets, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

    "Tommy is an old player but very experienced and he will be the hero of the crowd," said Monaco. "So, it's going to be a difficult match."

    He is bidding for his sixth ATP World Tour title on Sunday.

    Haas advanced to the final by virtue of his straight-set ousting of 4th seed Marin Cilic, 7-6(7), 6-0. The 34-year-old German is seeking his second tour championship title in 2012.

    "Clay is (Monaco's) favorite surface. He's been one guy who keeps climbing the ladder in the rankings. He's a very good competitor, moves well. So I'm going to have to play on top of my game. I've got home court advantage for sure, which sometimes can bring out the best in you. Hopefully that will happen."

    With a victory on Sunday, Haas would add title number 14 to his resume.

    Prediction: Haas in three sets.

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Congrats to Monaco. First 500 event title and now into top ten for the first time. Cool!

luckystar , 7/22/12 4:25 PM

Oh both Monaco and Haas are such eye candies! Very nice to look at.

Not bad for Haas, to be able to beat the no.2 seed Simon and the no.4 seed Cilic along the way. Monaco too, for beating the top seed Almagro in the semifinal. Strange that as good as they are on clay, Ferrer and Almagro have never won here in Hamburg. I remember Ferrer lost in the SF in 2009 to the eventual winner Davy, and now Almagro lost in the SF to the eventual winner Monaco.

Congrats to Monaco once again.

luckystar , 7/22/12 4:45 PM

Well done Pico, top 10 indeed! Rafa will like that for his friend......

rafaisthebest , 7/22/12 6:00 PM

Well done Juan - great win. Haas has been playing well recently.

Wow, did not realise he is in top 10 now lucky - fabulous! Congrats indeed. Also agree that these two are easy on the eye. Very happy that Haas is doing so well too. Some good news for a change.

As you say ritb our Rafa will be very pleased for his good friend.

Also, Marc Lopez & Granollers have also won the doubles, so he will be happy for them too.

Vamos one and all.

schatz , 7/22/12 6:25 PM

Marc and Granollers won the doubles? Good news indeed! Dare we hope for some shiny yellow metal at the Olympics?

rafaisthebest , 7/22/12 6:37 PM

^^^I was about to post that but you beat me to it.

Congrats to both Granollers and Marc. Also to Verdasco and partner too for winning the doubles at Hamburg.

luckystar , 7/22/12 6:40 PM

My apologies to the above posters. I posted a comment on a different thread, without having seen this one.

jmk , 7/23/12 3:36 AM

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