CITI OPEN 2012
Haas, Fish Into SFs; Querrey Wins
Washington D.C., U.S.A.
by Iain Boyd|
World No. 36 Haas won 84 per cent of first service points and secured four of his five break point opportunities to advance in 66 minutes.
"It was tough conditions out there today," said Haas. "We both felt the heat a little bit, and the ball sort of played a little differently. I think for his game, it didn’t really suit him that much. He threw me a lot of unforced errors, but personally I am pretty happy with the way I played things."
Veteran Haas, 34, improved to a 22-9 season record with the win and improves to a 4-0 record in ATP World Tour quarter-finals this year following Munich (d. Baghdatis), Halle (d. Berdych) and Hamburg (d. Mayer).
World No. 15 Fish extended his ATP FedEx Head2Head series against 32-year-old Malisse to 3-1 and moved into his first ATP World Tour semi-final of the year. He saved both break points faced and capitalised on both of his own to advance to his first Washington semi-final, following quarter-final showings in 2003 (l. to Roddick) and 2006 (l. to Murray).
"I expect a really tough match," said Fish, on his semi-final with Haas. "He's a great player, he was as high as two in the world a while ago, but he’s had a bunch of injuries. He seems like he is close to being 100 per cent back with his health. It’s great for him, we are really good friends. It’ll be fun. It’s the reason why I’m out here."
World No. 38 Querrey, fresh off his first ATP World Tour title of the year in Los Angeles last week (d. Berankis), won 22 of 26 points on first serve against World No. 34 Anderson, firing seven aces. His impressive serving form continued following his second-round match against German Benjamin Becker, where he did not drop a point on first serve.
Querrey extended his ATP FedEx Head2Head series against Anderson to 6-3 and next meets second-seeded Ukranian Alexandr Dolgopolov, a 7-6(3), 6-4 victor over American veteran James Blake in one hour and 22 minutes.
World No. 25 Dolgopolov, making his tournament debut, won 76 per cent of first service points, firing seven aces.
The 23-year-old Dolgopolov, who dipped out of the Top 20 this week, is bidding for his second final of the season following the Brisbane International (l. to Murray).